Will also participate in 'McGuinty Mondays' in response to draconian
TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario's 76,000 public elementary
teachers and education professionals are being urged to 'take a pause'
on voluntary activities in response to today's draconian legislation
that strips them of their democratic rights.
"Given this extraordinary and unwarranted legislation, we are advising
our members to 'take a pause' on the voluntary activities they
undertake in schools," said Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary
Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO). "While they will remain
focussed on teaching students and ensuring student safety, teachers and
other educational professionals will need to consider very carefully
what they can afford to do outside of their instructional
ETFO is also introducing 'McGuinty Mondays' in protest of the
legislation. Teachers and education professionals will be urged not to
participate in school-based or system level meetings of any kind nor
participate in regional Ministry meetings on Mondays for the
This is the initial step in an escalating protest strategy, according to
"We do not take this action lightly. Ontarians and the government need
to know that you cannot take away the democratic rights of working
people simply to fulfill a political party's agenda or ideology," said
"Collective bargaining rights are central to ensuring that working
people are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness in the
workplace. If the premier can get away with abolishing our rights, we
need to ask 'who's next?'
ETFO and others also plan to challenge the legislation in court.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000
elementary public school teachers and education professionals across
the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
SOURCE: Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations: Cell: 416-948-0195