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ETFO suspends boycott on extracurricular activities

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is lifting its boycott by members on extracurricular activities.

In a statement posted on its website, president Sam Hammond said the decision was made in light of progress made during discussions with the government.

The union has been in talks with the provincial government since February.

“We are now confident that the government has demonstrated a commitment to dealing with concrete items of importance to our members,” said Hammond.

“In light of the progress made during these discussions and a commitment that talks to address outstanding issues will continue, ETFO is suspending its advice to members regarding voluntary/extracurricular activities.”

Premier Kathleen Wynne tweeted that she was happy with the announcement.


She and this decision showed the willingness of both sides to work together.

“Today’s news is a great indication of the hard work all parties are putting into the repair of this valued relationship,” Wynne said in a statement released Tuesday.

“It shows our willingness to work together, to listen to one another’s concerns, and to find common ground on which we can rebuild a foundation of trust and create an effective process going forward.”

Any agreement made between the two sides will be subject to a vote by ETFO members.

Both public high school and elementary teachers withheld running after-school clubs and coaching sports to protest Bill 115, legislation that allowed the government to impose a two-year contract on them in January. Education unions say the legislation violated their right to collective bargaining and have filed court challenges.