Bargaining for the future. Respecting our past.

Sam Hammond

Excerpts from the President’s Address

Sam Hammond delivers his closing address

In a live streamed speech from ETFO’s 2015 Annual Meeting earlier today, President Sam Hammond announced that ETFO members would be intensifying their strike action by moving to a “Phase 2″ work-to-rule (WTR) on the first working day of the 2015-16 school year. During his speech, President Hammond referenced the demands that have been made […]

The Final Day of the 2015 ETFO Annual Meeting is Underway


On the agenda for Thursday: continued work on resolutions, final review and approval of the 2015-16 budget, and the President’s Closing Remarks Our delegates are wearing red t-shirts emblazoned with the message ‘Bargaining for the Future . . . Respecting Our Past’.

ETFO Annual Meeting in the News


Media Coverage of ETFO Annual Meeting: Ontario teachers ramp up PR campaign ahead of negotiations CBC News – Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Liberals, school boards ‘in for the fight of their lives’ The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday, August 18, 2015 ETFO’s federal election plan to ‘Heave Steve’ Toronto Sun – Monday, August 17, 2015 Liberals, […]

Media Release: Sam Hammond Re-elected President of ETFO

Sam Hammond

For Immediate Release – August  17, 2015 TORONTO, ON – Sam Hammond was re-elected president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) at its Annual Meeting today for a fourth term. He has served as ETFO president since 2009. “I am proud to lead a union that is united in its resolve to do […]

Excerpts from the President’s Address

ETFO President Sam Hammond

President Hammond spoke directly to those who question the democratic nature of unions: To those critics who suggest unions are not democratic or that we lack transparency, I say pay attention over the next several days. This Annual Meeting is our union democracy at work, and delegates play a central role in that process. You […]

Session 1 is Underway

The chair of credentials announces the delegate count and Session 1 of the 2015 ETFO Annual Meeting has begun. 610 teachers, occasional teachers, education support personnel, education support personnel, and designated early childhood educators from across the Ontario have arrived to debate resolutions and set the union’s direction for the upcoming year.

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