TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Superior-Greenstone public elementary
teachers and occasional teachers will stage a one-day strike this
Thursday December 20 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
"Because this minister has stubbornly refused to let our board and local
find fair and respectful solutions that work for our schools, we're
forced to take strike action," said Colleen Lemieux, president of
Superior-Greenstone Teacher Local. "She can't shut down the democratic
right to bargain collectively and expect us to remain silent."
"Bill 115 is a big stick that has taken away the democratic rights of
the education sector. Our members are taking a stand so that this
doesn't happen to others in Ontario," said Artie Cooper, president of
Superior-Greenstone Occasional Teacher Local.
During a vote on September 20, 2012, the locals received overwhelming
mandates for strike action from their members. The locals moved into a
legal strike position on December 10, 2012. Prior to that, they
received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with
Superior-Greenstone District School Board.
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 Superior-Greenstone Teacher Local represents 76 elementary teachers
employed by Superior-Greenstone District School Board. The
Superior-Greenstone Occasional Teacher Local represents 82 Occasional
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:
Colleen Lemieux, Superior-Greenstone Teacher Local, 807-854-6889, email@example.com
Artie Cooper, Superior-Greenstone Occasional Teacher Local, 1-807-229-1406, firstname.lastname@example.org