Establishing respectful relations with educators the only successful way
TORONTO, Jan. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The government's intent to repeal Bill
115, used to take away the democratic rights of educators, is a
meaningless gesture and shallow response to the chaos it has created in
schools, according to the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
"The premier and education minister are deluding themselves if they
think the repeal of Bill 115 will promote goodwill and stability in the
education sector and restore their popularity," said ETFO President Sam
Hammond. "They used the bill and are now trying to make it disappear in
the most crass of political acts. It's a sleight of hand that ETFO
members and most Ontarians will see through."
"It's time to focus on real solutions. We are hoping the next premier
and education minister will engage in fair and respectful discussions
to help find solutions to the problems and chaos that has been created
by this bill," added Hammond.
"The government has not achieved fair and balanced collective
agreements. It dictated terms and conditions of employment and, by its
own admission, took over $1.6 billion out of teacher collective
agreements which to that point had been fairly negotiated. Of 450
agreements, only 65 were negotiated; the remainder were imposed."
When the education minister promised to repeal the bill as she invoked
its powers on January 3rd, ETFO called the move a 'cynical misuse of
"The education minister will never erase the stain of Bill 115 on the
democratic rights of Ontarians. Nor will the bill's repeal cause those
judges who hear our Charter challenge to look on this government
benevolently because Bill 115 is no longer on the books."
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, 416-948-0195