TORONTO, Dec. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - ETFO Hastings-Prince Edward teachers and
occasional teachers will stage a one-day strike this Wednesday December
12th 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
"It is regrettable that the minister has forced us into strike action,"
said Karen Fisk, President of the Hastings-Prince Edward Teacher Local.
"The government needs to rethink the path it has chosen and lift the
restrictions it has placed on local bargaining."
"Our members will not be intimidated by an education minister who has
willfully stripped them of their democratic rights," added Karen Chow,
President of the Hastings-Prince Edward Occasional Teacher Local.
Both locals are moving into a legal strike position on December 10. They
received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with the
Hastings-Prince Edward District School Board. During a vote on
September 24, 2012, both locals received overwhelming mandates for
strike action from their members.
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 Hastings-Prince Edward Teacher Local represents 659 elementary
teachers employed by Hastings-Prince Edward District School Board.
Hastings-Prince Edward Occasional Teacher Local represents 179
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:
Karen Fisk, Hastings-Prince Edward Teacher Local President, 613-968-3707 x228, email@example.com
Karen Chow, Hastings-Prince Edward Occasional Teacher Local President, 613-438-6878 firstname.lastname@example.org