TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - ETFO Trillium Lakelands teachers and
occasional teachers 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, in order to reach collective agreements."
"If the minister was serious about resolving issues with teachers, she
would lift Bill 115's limiting parameters that are impeding local
bargaining," said Steve Colliver, President of the Trillium Lakelands
Teacher Local. "We're interested in reaching a fair local agreement,
not playing political games."
"It is regrettable that we have been forced into strike action by a
government that has no respect for the democratic rights of my
members," added Tracy Blodgett, President of the Trillium Lakelands
Occasional Teacher Local.
Both locals moved into a legal strike position on November 26, 2012.
They received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with the
Trillium Lakelands 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 Trillium Lakelands Teacher Local represents 739 elementary teachers
employed by Trillium Lakelands District School Board. Trillium
Lakelands Occasional Teacher Local represents 369 Occasional Teachers.
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:
Steve Colliver, Trillium Lakelands Teacher Local President, 705-340-1753, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Blodgett, Trillium Lakelands Occasional Teacher Local President, 705-571-1404, email@example.com