The Educational Workers’ Alliance of Ontario (EWAO) is composed of the following Unions: EAA (Educational Assistants Association), DPERWA (Dufferin-Peel Education Resource Worker’s Association, HDEAA (Halton District Educational Assistants Association), APSSP (Association of Professional Student Services Personnel, Unite Here – Local 272, Service Employees’ International Union – Local 2 and AEFO (Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens – French Language Labour Organization working in all Ontario’s French language schools).
When the Province took over part of the Negotiation’s for all Collective Agreements in Ontario, the EWAO was formed. The Alliance started with 15,000 Members and meets to collectively negotiate with the Provincial Government.
The Government in conjunction with The Boards in the Province were no longer going to be in the business of dealing with any Benefits Packages. It would be a cost saving to both the Province and the Boards to download this to the individual Unions. Therefore it was the EWAO group that created, organized and manages our current Benefits Packages.