TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - ETFO Grand Erie public elementary
teachers, occasional teachers, and designated early childhood educators
(DECEs) have begun work-to-rule as of December 14, 2012. Their locals
received no board reports 17 days ago through the conciliator appointed
by the Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with the
Grand Erie District School Board.
"Bill 115 has brought the bargaining process of these locals to a
standstill. It is unfortunate that teachers, occasional teachers, and
DECEs in Grand Erie will withdraw from all administrative activities
while continuing to teach students and ensure student safety," said Sam
Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
Local bargaining stalled following the passage in September of Bill 115,
which has imposed drastic cuts to ETFO members' collective agreements
and attacked their democratic rights.
During votes taken on September 24, 2012, the Grand Erie Teacher,
Occasional Teacher, and DECE Locals received an overwhelming mandate
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.
SOURCE: Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Donna Howey, Grand Erie Teacher Local President, 519-770-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Utley, Occasional Teacher Local President, 519-536-9711, email@example.com
Patricia Hammond, Grand Erie DECE Local President, 519-720-8460, firstname.lastname@example.org