TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - ETFO Renfrew Teacher Local, Occasional
Teacher Local, Education Support Personnel (ESP) and Professional
Support Personnel (PSP) locals will stage a one-day strike this
Thursday December 13th to send the government a message that Bill 115 is severely impeding
local collective bargaining.
"There are two solutions to the chaos that the minister of education has
created," said Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario. "Along with repealing Bill 115, the minister
needs to step aside and give school boards and ETFO locals the latitude
to have concrete and respectful discussions with all options on the
table, to reach collective agreements."
"By taking away local autonomy to find solutions, the minister has
created total chaos in the education sector." said Allison Ryan,
President of ETFO Renfrew Teacher Local. "We're sending the minister a
strong message with this action."
"Our members are prepared to do anything they can to stand up for their
democratic rights, no matter how difficult or inconvenient," added
David Cresswell, President of the Renfrew Occasional Teacher Local.
"The public needs to realize that Bill 115 is draconian legislation that
takes away the rights of working people," said Renfrew PSP Local
President Joan Bradley. ESP Local President Colleen Mackin added that
"we are hopeful of reaching a settlement but the minister has to
rethink her approach to bargaining with the education sector."
All locals moved into a legal strike position on December 3, 2012. They
received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with Renfrew
District School Board. During a vote on September 20, 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 Renfrew Teacher Local represents 364 elementary teachers employed
by Renfrew District School Board and the Occasional Teacher Local
represents 142 Occasional Teachers. The ESP local represents 130
members, and the PSP local represents 23 members.
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:
Allison Ryan, Renfrew Teacher Local President, 613-635-2388, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Cresswell, Renfrew Occasional Teacher Local Pres., 613-638-3291, email@example.com
Joan Bradley, Renfrew PSP Local President, 613-433-9869, firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleen Mackin, Renfrew ESP Local President, 613-433-2108, email@example.com