About Us at ETFO Bluewater
The Bluewater Teacher Local is comprised of over 700 members employed as elementary teachers by the Bluewater District School Board. The Bluewater Teacher Local is an affiliate of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and as such is a professional organization committed to protecting and supporting the rights of all its members while promoting excellence in publicly-funded education in Ontario.
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is the professional and protective organization representing 83,000 teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals employed in Ontario’s public elementary schools. All public elementary teachers in Ontario are active members of ETFO provincially.
There are 76 locals in ETFO, including locals for contract teachers, occasional teachers, DECEs and education support personnel/professional support personnel. For the most part each local is also a bargaining unit with a boundary corresponding to that of an employing school board. Each local has a president, executive members, committees, and other positions to meet the needs of the membership in the local. Members have the right to vote and hold office in their local in accordance with its constitution.