TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Renfrew's ETFO Teacher Local, Occasional
Teacher Local, Education Support Personnel (ESP) and Professional
Support Personnel (PSP) locals have received no board reports through
the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour to resolve their
bargaining impasse with Renfrew District School Board. As a result,
the locals have begun work-to-rule as of December 3, 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.
"Members in Renfrew locals voted for strike action earlier this fall if
local collective bargaining could not achieve a fair deal," said Sam
Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario.
"Bill 115's limiting parameters have left absolutely no room to make
"The minister of education told the public for months that Bill 115
would bring labour peace but it has had the opposite effect," said
Allison Ryan, President of ETFO Renfrew Teacher Local. "Bill 115 has
stripped my members of their democratic right to collectively bargain."
"If job action is the only way to expedite the process, then that's what
our members are prepared to do," added David Cresswell, President of
the Renfrew Occasional Teacher Local.
"We are disappointed that the government has handled this process so
poorly right from the start," said ESP Local President Colleen Mackin.
Renfrew PSP Local President Joan Bradley added that "our members
recognize that this is the time to take a firm stand to defend their
During a vote on September 20, 2012, all Renfrew 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 Renfrew Teachers' Local represents 364 elementary teachers employed
by Renfrew District School Board and the Occasional Teacher Local
represents 142 Occasional Teachers. The ESP local represents 130
members, and the PSP local represents 23 members.
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:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations - Cell: 416-948-0195, firstname.lastname@example.org