TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Rainbow public elementary teachers,
occasional teachers, and designated early childhood educators (DECEs)
will stage a one-day strike this Monday December 17th to continue sending the government a message that Bill 115 is severely
impeding local collective bargaining.
"To date, the education minister has yet to do anything to assist local
school boards in pursuing fair and respectful negotiations with our
members," said Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario (ETFO). "She can end the chaos she has created by
repealing Bill 115 and letting local bargaining proceed without
"We are taking this action to bring attention to Bill 115's rigid
parameters, in the hope that we can move our discussions forward," said
Barb Blasutti, president of the Rainbow Teacher Local. "The loss of
local autonomy has forced us into strike action, and it is a direct
result of this government's actions."
"Bill 115 has not only stripped teachers of their fundamental rights, it
diminishes this province's democratic foundation. That's why we are
taking a stand," added Val Duhaime, president of the Rainbow Occasional
The locals moved into a legal strike position on December 10, 2012. They
received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with Rainbow
District School Board. During a vote on September 24, 2012, the locals
received overwhelming mandates for strike action from their members.
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 Rainbow Teacher Local represents 610 elementary teachers employed
by Rainbow District School Board. The Rainbow Occasional Teacher Local
represents 358 Occasional Teachers. The Rainbow DECE Local represents
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:
Barb Blasutti, Rainbow Teacher Local President, 705-522-8320, email@example.com
Val Duhaime, Rainbow Occasional Teacher Local President, 705-283-1212, firstname.lastname@example.org