A stronger voice for your educators and their union

Teachers rely on union support for professional development, workplace safety, and to represent their issues to the province.

Ontario public education has benefited from having unions representing teachers and other education workers for more than a hundred years! And that time has seen educators  get paid better, get empowered to lead the way and fight for our kids, and create working conditions that are suitable to attract and retain only the best education professionals and those fit for the job. That means: professional, committed, and highly-qualified. At ETFO, we provide training and professional learning for our teachers and other education professionals to ensure they are always at the cutting edge of education technologies and trends so your kids have exactly what it takes for success in their lifetime.

By advocating for safe and healthy workplaces, education unions ensure students are learning in safe and healthy classrooms. ETFO, through its health and safety representatives, identifies potential hazards such as poor air quality, unsafe equipment, and the potential threat of asbestos.

Because, it’s not just themselves that educators  and their unions fight for, it’s the well-being of the entire school and yes, your kids!

Through their unions, classroom educators advocate for measures to address workplace violence that threatens the safety and well-being of the entire school community. By promoting policies such as smaller classes, curriculum reforms, and more meaningful student assessment policies, unions are not only promoting improved working conditions for their members, they are also addressing issues that affect student learning and success.

Education unions are committed to addressing broader social issues that affect their students’ ability to be successful learners and to become active and engaged citizens. With the support of their union’s training and classroom resources, ETFO members work in their classrooms, their schools, and their communities to fight against poverty, inequality, and discrimination.

It is important that the provincial government continues to recognize education unions as important partners in the discussion and implementation of education policies. It is equally important that governments not introduce initiatives that weaken the ability of education unions to represent their members and be strong advocates for public education.

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