TORONTO, Dec. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - ETFO Keewatin-Patricia teachers and
occasional teachers will stage a one-day strike this Tuesday December
11th 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's rigid parameters have made local negotiations extremely
difficult and our members are very frustrated with this government,"
said Anne Saltel, President of Keewatin-Patricia Teacher Local. "It is
unfortunate that the Minister has forced us into a strike by taking
away local autonomy."
"Our members recognize that they need to stand firm and stand up for
their democratic rights, regardless of how difficult or inconvenient
that may be," added Robert Calder, President of Keewatin-Patricia
Occasional Teacher Local.
Both locals will move 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
Keewatin-Patricia District School Board. During a vote on September
11, 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 Keewatin-Patricia Teacher Local represents 231 elementary teachers
employed by Keewatin-Patricia District School Board. Keewatin-Patricia
Occasional Teacher Local represents 225 Occasional Teachers.
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:
Anne Saltel, Keewatin-Patricia Teacher Local President, 807-737-2163, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Calder, Keewatin-Patricia Occasional Teacher Local President, 807-548-4260, email@example.com