TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - ETFO Upper Grand Teacher Local and ETFO
Upper Grand Occasional Teacher Local have received no board reports
through the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour to resolve
their bargaining impasse with Upper Grand District School Board. As a
result, the two locals began work-to-rule on December 1, 2012.
Local bargaining stalled following the passage in September of Bill 115,
which has imposed drastic cuts to ETFO members' collective agreements
and attacks their democratic rights.
"Bill 115 has created severe impediments for local negotiations," said
ETFO President Sam Hammond. "It has brought the bargaining progress to
a virtual standstill and created an increasingly unsettled climate in
the education sector. This strike action is a direct result of the
"There has been virtually no room for negotiations between our local and
the board because of Bill 115", said Doug Cook, President of the ETFO
Upper Grand Teacher Local. "It has set out parameters that leave no
room for finding common solutions and a positive way forward. The whole
approach the government has taken is an affront to democratic
"My members have no option but to undertake job action to achieve a fair
collective agreement," added Andrew Aloe, President of the Upper Grand
Occasional Teacher Local.
During a vote on October 3, 2012, both locals received overwhelming
mandates for strike action from their members. The Ontario Labour Relations Act requires that a strike mandate and a no board report must be received,
and 16 days must pass following the receipt of the no board report,
before legal strike action can occur.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (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.
Upper Grand Local represents over 1285 elementary teachers employed by
Upper Grand District School
Board. ETFO Upper Grand Occasional Teacher Local represents 406
Occasional Teachers employed
by the Board.
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:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations - Cell: 416-948-0195