TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Algoma public elementary teachers and
occasional teachers will stage a one-day strike this Wednesday December
19 to continue sending the government a message that Bill 115 is
severely impeding local collective bargaining.
"To date, the education minister has yet to do anything to assist local
school boards in pursuing fair and respectful negotiations with our
members," said Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario (ETFO). "She can end the chaos she has created by
repealing Bill 115 and letting local bargaining proceed without
Ninety-eight percent of our local members are very disappointed and
confused with the approach the Liberal government has taken. That's the
reason we will be taking part in this action," said Kelly Holley,
president of the Algoma Teacher Local. "We have no option. Our MPP is
not listening and the Liberals continue to mislead the public."
"Under Ontario law, the least one would expect from a democratic
government is fair and respectful collective bargaining. This minister
and her government have brought shame to the province by trampling the
rights of working Ontarians," added Peter Mead, president of the Algoma
Occasional Teacher Local.
During a vote on September 15, 2012, the locals received overwhelming
mandates for strike action from their members. The locals will move
into a legal strike position on December 17, 2012. Prior to that, they
received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with Algoma
District School Board.
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 Algoma Teacher Local represents 400 elementary teachers employed by
Algoma District School
Board. The Algoma Occasional Teacher Local represents 155 Occasional
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:
Kelly Holley, Algoma Teacher Local, 705-254-9945, email@example.com
Peter Mead, Algoma Occasional Teacher Local, 705-257-0556, firstname.lastname@example.org