Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
|Full name||Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario|
|Affiliation||Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF)/Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF)|
|Key people||Sam Hammond, President|
|Office location||Toronto, Ontario|
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) (or "Fédération des enseignants et des enseignantes de l'élémentaire de l'Ontario" - FEÉO) is a labour union representing all public elementary school teachers, occasional teachers and some Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs) in the Canadian province of Ontario. The union has 76 local chapters in the province, and over 78,000 members. The union was founded on July 1, 1998, by the merger of two predecessor organizations, the Federation of Women Teachers’ Associations of Ontario (FWTAO), and the Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation (OPSTF).
ETFO's 78,000 members join l'Association des enseignantes et des enseignants Franco-ontariens(representing approximately 8,000 members), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (representing approximately 45,000 members) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (representing approximately 60,000 members) to form the Ontario Teachers' Federation. 
The governance framework is outlined in a number of different documents including the Bylaws, Constitution, Human Rights Statement, Policy Statements, Position Statements, and Equity Statement. These documents form the framework for how ETFO is governed and what it sets out to accomplish for its members.
|2009–Present||Sam Hammond||Hamilton-Wentworth Teacher Local|
|2007 - 2009||David Clegg||York Region Teacher Local|
|2002 - 2007||Emily Noble||Algoma Teacher Local|
|1998 - 2002||Phyllis J. Lennox (née Benedict)||Kawartha Pine Ridge Teacher Local|
Sam Hammond is serving his second term as President of ETFO. He was initially elected in August 2009. Prior to being president, Hammmond served 2 years as First-Vice President and was Vice-President from 2004 to 2007. Hammond was first elected to provincial Executive in August 2003.
ETFO's provincial organization includes 4 fully released officers: President, First Vice-President, Vice-President Female and Vice-President. All 4 of these officers are ETFO members (teachers, occasional teachers, DECEs or other educational professionals) that have been released from their teaching duties for their term in office.
In addition to the 4 released officers, ETFO's provincial governing body includes one representative to the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF Table Officer), and as many additional officers required to make up the 14 member Executive. Of those remaining positions, 4 of them are open to women only.
All Provincial Executive positions are elected by the general membership at ETFO's Annual Meeting held each summer in August. All terms last 2 years.
Current ETFO Executive 2015 - 2017
|Sam Hammond||President||Hamilton-Wentworth Teacher Local|
|Susan Swackhammer||First Vice-President||Grand Erie Teacher Local|
|Nancy Lawler||Vice-President||Bluewater Teacher Local|
|Karen Brown||Vice-President||Elementary Teachers of Toronto Local|
|Diane Dewing||OTF Table Officer||Upper Canada Occasional Teacher Local|
|Gail Bannister-Clarke||Executive Member||Peel Teacher Local|
|Adelina Cecchin||Executive Member||Greater Essex County Teacher Local|
|Nathan Core||Executive Member||Waterloo Region Occasional Teacher Local|
|Tracy Blodgett||Executive Member||Trillium Lakelands Occasional Teacher Local|
|Kelly Holley||Executive Member||Algoma Teacher Local|
|David Mastin||Executive Member||Durham Teacher Local|
|Monica Rusnak||Executive Member||Ontario North East Teacher Local|
|Greg Weiler||Executive Member||Waterloo Region Teacher Local|
|Deb Wells||Executive Member||Limestone Teacher Local|
|Victoria Reaume||General Secretary|
|Sharron O'Halloran||Deputy General Secretary|
|Jerry DeQuetteville||Deputy General Secretary|
Each school board in Ontario has at least 1 ETFO Local serving members who work within that school board. Teacher Locals are present in all school boards, 1 Local (James Bay) has only a Teacher Local, 6 boards have DECE (Dedicated Early Childhood Educator) Locals, and 2 boards have ESP and one of those 2 (Renfrew County) also has a PSP Local.
The objectives and priorities of ETFO are contained in the constitution:
While all boards now have DECEs as a result of the implementation of Full Day Kindergarten for children aged 4 – 6, not all of those educators are represented by ETFO.
|Region||Teacher Local||OT Local||DECE Local||ESP and PSP Local|
|Greater Essex County||Teacher||OT|
|Kawartha Pine Ridge||Teacher||OT|
|Ontario North East||Teacher||OT|
|Rainy River District||Teacher||OT||ESP|
|Renfrew County||Teacher||OT||ESP and PSP|
|Elementary Teachers of Toronto||Teacher||OT||DECE|
Advocacy and Action: Locally and Globally
ETFO is definitely seen as a leader among teachers' federations on equity issues[by whom?]. With 80%+ female members, ETFO is particularly active in its support for women's participation and leadership.
The ETFO Executive has adopted this definition of equity:
"ETFO recognizes that we live in a society characterized by individual and systemic discrimination against particular groups. Within this context, ETFO defines equity as fairness achieved through proactive measures which result in equality for all."
ETFO members are dedicated to making this a better world for their colleagues, for their students, and for others in their communities here and around the world. Individual members, small groups, locals and the provincial organization all work hard to ensure equity is a reality.
- Artuso, Antonella (December 10, 2012). "McGuinty 'trivializes' teachers' fight: ETFO". Toronto Sun. Sun Media. Archived from the original on 2012-12-14.
- Welcome to ETFO, Published by ETFO, Toronto, ON (2011)
- Reshef, Yonatan; Rastin, Sandra (2003). Unions in the time of revolution. University of Toronto Press. p. 87. ISBN 0-8020-8753-1.
- 2011/12 ETFO Reference BOOK, Member Involvement Section
- ETFO Reference Book 2011-2012
- ETFO Reference Book 2015-2016