TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - ETFO Simcoe County teachers, occasional
teachers, and designated early childhood educators (DECEs) will stage a
one-day strike this Friday December 14th 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."
"There has never been a time when there was so much interference from an
education minister in local bargaining efforts," said Janet Bigham,
President of the Simcoe County 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 stripped our members of their democratic rights. They are
standing up for those rights with this action, regardless of how
difficult and inconvenient that may be," added Amy Chevis, President of
the Simcoe County Occasional Teacher Local.
"Our members will not be intimidated into accepting an imposed agreement
when we have the right to negotiate a fair agreement under Ontario law
here," said Amanda Judd, President of the Simcoe County DECEs.
The 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 Simcoe County
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 Simcoe Country Teacher Local represents 2,165 elementary teachers
employed by Simcoe Country District School Board. The Simcoe Country
Occasional Teacher Local represents 625 Occasional Teachers and the
Simcoe Country DECE local represents 179 DECEs.
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:
Janet Bigham, Simcoe County Teacher Local President, 705-795-2183, email@example.com
Amy Chevis, Occasional Teacher President, 705-725-0316, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Judd, Simcoe County DECE President, 705-734-8960, email@example.com