TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - ETFO Rainy River Teacher Local, ETFO
Occasional Teacher (OT) Local and ETFO Educational Support Personnel
(ESP) Local have received no board reports through the conciliator
appointed by the Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse
with Rainy River District School Board. As a result, the three locals
will begin work-to-rule on November 22, 2012.
Local bargaining stalled following the passage in September of Bill 115,
which has imposed drastic cuts to ETFO members' collective agreements
and attacks their democratic rights.
"Bill 115 is a direct attack on the democratic rights of Ontario's
education workers," said ETFO President Sam Hammond. "ETFO members in
Rainy River have been left with no option but to take strike action."
"My members are in strong support of job action, but their ultimate goal
is to achieve a fair collective agreement," said Trevor Bowles,
President of the ETFO Rainy River Teacher Local.
At this point, we are continuing to bargain to achieve that result."
"Let's put the blame for current labour unrest in the education sector
squarely where it belongs: at the feet of this government, which chose
to hamstring local bargaining by passing Bill 115," concluded Jackie
Dupuis-Brandli, President of the ETFO ESP Local.
During a vote on September 12, 2012, Rainy River's Teacher, OT, and ESP
Locals received overwhelming mandates for strike action from their
members. The Ontario Labour Relations Act requires that a strike mandate and a no board report must be received,
and 16 days must pass following the receipt of the no board report,
before legal strike action can occur.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (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 Rainy River Local represents 134 elementary teachers. ETFO Rainy
River OT Local represents 85 elementary occasional teachers. ETFO ESP
Local represents 109 educational support personnel. All are employed
by the Rainy River District School Board.
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:
Lisa Mastrobuono, Collective Bargaining Communications
Cell: 416-200-3674 firstname.lastname@example.org