Last Update: September 2023

Collective bargaining is the process by which a group of employees bargain as a unit (like a union) with their employer around wages, hours, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment. The end goal of collective bargaining is a contract with the employer about those terms. That contract is called a collective agreement.

ETFO members’ collective agreements are divided into two parts: central terms and local terms. Central Bargaining includes many of the big-ticket items in Bargaining, such as salary, special education funding, preparation time, supervision time, sick leave and class size. Local Bargaining often focuses on more Board-specific implementation details, such as working conditions, assignment allocation, unpaid leaves and OT Roster removal.
Local Bargaining can occur concurrently with Central Bargaining or sequentially after it.

Central Bargaining

ETFO has a website dedicated to Central Bargaining:

Local Collective Bargaining Process

Collective bargaining is an ongoing process that continually evolves, gaining more protections and better working conditions for education workers over time.

Each and every ETFO member has a stake in reading and understanding the agreement, and in supporting the local bargaining process.

Your principal, superintendents, and trustees may be well-intentioned individuals committed to helping you do your job, but good intentions are no substitute for a negotiated, legally enforceable document that unambiguously sets forth your rights in the workplace.

In short, collective bargaining protects your rights as an education worker. Read your collective agreement today.