It is in the interest of each ETFO member to read and understand the agreement and to support the local negotiation process. Their local collective agreement is full of rights, rights and protection from arbitrary treatment. Here are some professional points that would be at risk without collective bargaining: as an educator, you are a member of one of the most regulated professions in the province. From the Education Act to the Tea Profession Act to the Teaching Act to the Ontario College of Teachers Act, your chosen profession is overwhelmed on all sides by dozens of laws, regulations and guidelines. In short, collective bargaining protects your rights as education workers. Read your collective agreement again today. Collective bargaining is an ongoing process that is constantly evolving and, over time, enjoys better protection and working conditions for education workers. Your headteachers, superintendents and administrators can be well-meaning people who are committed to helping you work. But good intentions do not replace the negotiated, legally enforceable document that clearly sets out your rights in the workplace.