TORONTO, Dec. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - ETFO Lakehead 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 unfortunate that we have not reached an agreement with our board
but we are certainly intent on that goal," said Ellen Chambers,
President of Lakehead Teacher Local. "Because of the imposition of Bill
115's very limiting parameters, we've been left with no option but to
send the minister a message through strike action."
"We are not taking this decision lightly. We cannot stand by and allow
this government to take away the democratic rights of our members
through such draconian legislation," added Nancy Nix, President of
Lakehead 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 Lakehead
District School Board. During a vote on October 1, 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 Lakehead Teacher Local represents 366 elementary teachers employed
by Lakehead District School Board. Lakehead Occasional Teacher Local
represents 153 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:
Ellen Chambers, Lakehead Teacher Local President, 807-629-1839, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Nix, Lakehead Occasional Teacher Local President, 807-472-4208, email@example.com