TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - ETFO Avon Maitland teachers and occasional
teachers will stage a one-day strike this Monday December 10th to send the government a message that Bill 115 is severely impeding
local collective bargaining.
"There are two solutions to the chaos that the Minister of Education has
created," said Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario. "Along with repealing Bill 115, the Minister
needs to step aside and give locals the latitude to have concrete and
respectful discussions with all options on the table, in order to reach
"Bill 115 set such rigid parameters for local negotiations that it has
been extremely difficult to reach a fair collective agreement with our
board," said Merlin Leis, President of the Avon Maitland Teacher Local.
"It is unfortunate that we are being forced into a strike because this
government has taken away local autonomy."
"This law has stripped our members of their democratic rights," said Kim
Finlayson, President of the Avon Maitland Occasional Teacher Local.
"Teachers encourage students to stand up for their rights. Regardless
of how difficult or inconvenient this may be, that is what our members
are doing with this action."
Both locals moved into a legal strike position this past Monday. They
received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with Avon
Maitland District School Board. During a vote on October 3, 2012, both
locals received overwhelming mandates for strike action from their
ETFO is the professional and protective organization representing over
76,000 teachers, occasional teachers, and education professionals
employed in the public elementary schools of Ontario.
ETFO Avon Maitland Local represents 618 elementary teachers employed by
Avon Maitland District School Board. Avon Maitland Occasional Teacher
Local represents almost 295 Occasional Teachers employed by the Board.
Collective agreements for all ETFO locals expired on August 31, 2012.
Since then, ETFO members have been working without collective
agreements in place.
SOURCE: Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Merlin Leis, Avon Maitland Teacher Local President, 519-272-4811, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Finlayson, Avon Maitland Occasional Teacher Local President, 519-318-6444, email@example.com