TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - With this week's law that strips
educators of their collective bargaining rights, the province of
Ontario has nothing to celebrate as the country marks Canada's
Democracy Week, according to the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
"The Liberal government and Progressive Conservative party members who
voted for Bill 115 should hang their heads in shame at how they have
willfully abrogated the rights of Ontario workers," said ETFO President
Sam Hammond on the eve of the International Day of Democracy on
"Increasingly, Bill 115 will be looked upon as one of the most damaging
pieces of legislation ever to affect the rights of individuals - well
beyond any wage restraint or back-to-work legislation previously
enacted in Ontario."
Bill 115 bans lawful collective bargaining activities in the education
sector for two - and possibly three - years. It seeks to put the
actions of the provincial government beyond the review of the Ontario
Labour Relations Board, outside the reach of the Ontario Human Rights
Commission, and even above the courts.
"Ontarians need to ask themselves who is next, because the fundamental
rights of working people in this province are under siege. This
legislation has negative implications on sectors beyond education that
also engage in lawful bargaining," said President Hammond.
Bill 115 was imposed before education unions had the opportunity to
bargain in a meaningful way with local school boards. ETFO and other
unions will challenge the constitutionality of the law all the way to
the Supreme 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