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Bargaining FAQs
Bargaining FAQs


​Why are we closing schools if other staff (i.e. support staff) are still willing to work? 

Our teachers play a critical role in teaching, supervising and supporting our students and schools and we cannot safely operate schools for students with a full withdrawal of service. 


What happens if there is a deal? 

We encourage parents to monitor the Board’s website, twitter feed and local media. As we have said in our communications, if circumstances change, we will communicate to parents. Should ETFO cancel their full strike action, our aim will be to return to normal operations as soon as possible. 

How long will the strike last? 

ETFO has communicated that this will be a one-day strike, taking place on January 20, 2020. The strike action is a result of collective bargaining at the provincial level. We will continue to keep families updated. Please check our Board website and Twitter feed @YRDSB for updates. Our schools will be closed to students on January 20  if the full strike occurs. 


Will child-care programs continue during the strike on January 20?

Independent child care programs are expected to continue on January 20. Please confirm with your daycare programs. The Ontario Government has announced financial support to families for child care during school closures due to a strike. More details about eligibility and how to submit an application can be found at www.onta​​ or by calling the Helpline at 1-888-444-3770.

Will community-based permits continue? 

Yes, community-based permit activities will continue. 

May extra-curricular activities continue during the strike on January 20? 

No. Schools will be closed to students on January 20. Any extra-curricular activities will not be running. 

What will other school staff who are not on strike be doing?

All non-ETFO staff members are expected to report to work. Other staff members will continue with their regularly scheduled work. 


Are negotiations continuing? When will we know if schools are closed? 

It’s important to note that this is related to bargaining at the provincial table - YRDSB is not involved in these negotiations. We remain hopeful for a resolution.  If circumstances change, we will continue to update you and will provide as much information as possible. You can find updates on the Board website:​. You may also follow our Twitter account @YRDSB for immediate updates. 


Why isn’t the Board negotiating with the union to put an end to this?

The job actions and strike notice are a result of the bargaining process at the provincial level, and Board employees are required to follow the direction of their provincial federations/unions. They are in a legal strike position and we respect the right of our employees to collectively bargain and to participate in legal job action. At the local Board level, we continue to bargain with all our employee groups, including ETFO. 


Can teachers communicate with students/assign work during the one day strike and closure of schools? 

Schools are closed to students and instruction is not continuing. Prior to the strike commencing, teachers may assign work. During the one day strike, teachers will not be providing instruction, including assessments or sending assignments. 

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