TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Bluewater 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
"Teachers are extremely angry and disappointed at the use of such
draconian legislation. That is why our members voted overwhelmingly for
strike action this fall," said Nancy Lawler, president of Bluewater
Teacher Local. "We have been forced into this situation by an education
minister intent on destroying our fundamental rights to bargain
"Bill 115 has removed local autonomy from a bargaining process that has
been in place for decades," added Marcia Shimoda, president of
Bluewater Occasional Teacher Local. "Bill 115's power to take away
democratic rights is a concern for everyone in this province, not just
teachers. That is why we are taking a stand."
During a vote on September 13, 2012, both locals received overwhelming
mandates for strike action from their members. The locals moved into a
legal strike position on December 6, 2012. Prior to that, they received
no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of
Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with Bluewater District
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 Bluewater Teacher Local represents 687 elementary teachers employed
by Bluewater District
School Board. The Bluewater Occasional Teacher Local represents 296
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:
Nancy Lawler, Bluewater Teacher Local President, 519-373-9636, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcia Shimoda, Bluewater Occasional Teacher Local President, 519-708-1111, email@example.com