TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO) will give parents 72 hours' notice of strikes planned
for December in school boards by public elementary teachers and
"It is unfortunate that we have been placed in the position of having to
strike by Education Minister Laurel Broten, but we will provide parents
with ample notice to ensure the safety of students," said ETFO
President Sam Hammond today. "By her actions, the minister has let
everyone down by stripping teachers and education professionals of
their democratic rights, and shutting down recent talks at the
While elementary teachers and education professionals in four school
boards are already proceeding with work-to-rule strike action, teachers
in all other boards will also be in a strike position during December.
The strikes by ETFO locals will affect operations in each public
elementary school throughout the province.
Bill 115 strips teachers of their fundamental right to negotiate, and
gives the minister unprecedented power to impose an agreement if locals
and their boards don't reach a collective agreement by December 31st. The bill puts the government beyond the reach of the Ontario Human
Rights Code, Ontario Labour Relations Act, and the courts.
On November 11th, the government invited ETFO to discussions with Ministry officials and
a third party facilitator. ETFO and government representatives were
engaged in productive talks when the Minister abruptly shut the session
"We continue to be ready to resume discussions in an attempt to reach an
agreement that meets the needs of all parties", added Hammond. "It's
time the minister got serious about reaching deals that respect the
rights of our members."
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