TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - ETFO Avon Maitland Teacher Local and ETFO
Avon Maitland Occasional Teacher Local have received no board reports
through the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour to resolve
their bargaining impasse with Avon Maitland District School Board. As
a result, the two locals have begun work-to-rule as of December 3,
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.
"The Minister of Education has shown an absolute disregard for fair
collective bargaining with the imposition of Bill 115," said Sam
Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario.
"We were very clear that we would bargain locally but the terms that
Bill 115 imposes has made that impossible."
"There is no way that we could engage in fair and productive
negotiations at the local level given the restrictive parameters that
the Minister has dictated through Bill 115," said Merlin Leis,
President of ETFO Avon-Maitland Teacher Local. "My members are appalled
that their democratic rights to collectively bargain have been removed
by this government."
"We are determined to achieve a fair collective agreement and if job
action to expedite the process is the only option then my members will
take it," added Kim Finlayson, President of the Avon Maitland
Occasional Teacher Local.
During a vote on October 3, 2012, both 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 Avon Maitland Local represents 618 elementary teachers employed by
Avon Maitland District School Board. Avon Maitland Occasional Teacher
Local represents almost 295 Occasional Teachers employed by the 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:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations - Cell: 416-948-0195, email@example.com