TORONTO, Jan. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Members of the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will comply with a decision by the Ontario
Labour Relations Board (OLRB) and not hold a planned one-day political
"We respect the OLRB's decision and will comply fully with the ruling,"
said ETFO President Sam Hammond. "We did not believe this to be an
illegal strike based on past political protests directed at the
government. We respect the provisions of the Ontario Labour Relations
Act - something we have requested the minister and the government to do
for almost a year."
"We have said all along that this government cannot be allowed to
override the fundamental rights of working Ontarians. In this instance,
the OLRB has provided direction and we will abide by that. However, we
still have a situation where the terms and conditions of our members'
employment have been dictated through a disgraceful misuse of
government power. It cannot be business as usual in the education
Ninety-two percent (92%) of members who cast a ballot in December voted
in favour of a one-day political protest should the minister impose
contracts using Bill 115. She did so on January 3rd.
"This whole situation could have been avoided if the minister of
education had accepted our olive branch in December to wait for a new
leader to try and find solutions," added Hammond. "While the current
premier refers to other agreements put into place, none of those
sectors had their democratic rights trampled through the use of
draconian legislation like Bill 115."
"Once again, we are calling on whoever is elected premier to meet with
us and have respectful discussions to restore positive relations in a
manner that is fair and respectful."
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000
elementary public school teachers and education professionals across
the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
SOURCE: Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations- Cell: 416-948-0195, firstname.lastname@example.org