TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Peel public elementary teachers and
occasional teachers will stage a one-day strike this Tuesday December
18 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
"Bill 115's rigid parameters have severely damaged a local bargaining
process that has worked for decades," said Tim Cunningham, president of
the Peel Teacher Local. "The minister needs to rethink her approach and
let the school board and our local continue discussions in a fair and
respectful manner to find solutions."
"Regardless of how difficult or inconvenient a strike may be, our
members are standing up for our democratic rights, and the rights of
all working Ontarians. If we don't, who will?" said Shelly Jan,
president of the Peel Occasional Teacher Local.
During votes this past fall, the locals received overwhelming mandates
for strike action from their members. The locals moved into a legal
strike position on December 10, 2012. Prior to that, they received no
board reports through the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of
Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with Peel District School
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 Peel Teacher Local represents 6,450 elementary teachers employed by
Peel District School Board. The Peel Occasional Teacher Local
represents 2,266 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:
Tim Cunningham, Peel Teacher Local President, 416-574-6110, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelly Jan, Peel Occasional Teacher Local President, 647-203-1014, email@example.com