TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO) tabled amendments today to Bill 122 designed to ensure
the Ontario government's proposed bargaining framework is balanced,
fair, and works in the best interest of public education.
"The bill gives the government extraordinary authority in terms of a new
central bargaining process," said ETFO first vice-president Susan
Swackhammer in a presentation to the Standing Committee on the
"It is vitally important that decisions related to what items get
discussed at the central table, the duration of the collective
agreement, and any revisions to central table items are agreed to by
all parties - the employee bargaining agents, school board
representatives, and the government. Otherwise the whole concept of
free collective bargaining is undermined."
ETFO noted that Bill 122 gives the Minister of Education the authority
to establish a notice to bargain period of up to 270 days. Swackhammer
said that such a long period would only lead to unnecessarily
protracted negotiations, and that ETFO recommends the notice period be
within the last 180 days of the collective agreement.
In its presentation, ETFO noted that Bill 122 represents an important
step forward from the lack of clear rules and responsibilities that
characterized the previous rounds of informal provincial discussions
between the government and education unions. Another key aspect of the
bill is that it protects local bargaining and the right to strike at
both provincial and local levels.
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