TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - ETFO York Region 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."
"This minister has single-handedly damaged a local bargaining process
that has worked for the education sector for decades," said David
Clegg, President of the York Region Teacher Local. "By removing local
autonomy, she has left us no option but to take strike action."
"Teachers have been stripped of their democratic rights and we must take
a stand, no matter how difficult or inconvenient that may be," added
Nadia Ciacci, President of the York Region Occasional Teacher Local.
York Region Teacher Local moved into a legal strike position on November
19, 2012. York Region Occasional Teacher Local moves into legal strike
position as of December 10, 2012. They received no board reports
through the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour to resolve
their bargaining impasse with York Region District School Board.
During a vote on October 4, 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 York Region Teacher Local represents 5,087 elementary teachers
employed by York Region District School Board. The York Region
Occasional Teacher Local represents 1,383 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:
David Clegg, York Region Teacher Local, 905-727-7014, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nadia Ciacci, York Region Occasional Teacher Local, 905-726-7925, email@example.com