TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Nine ETFO elementary teacher, occasional
teacher, and designated early childhood educator (DECE) locals have
received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with their
respective school boards. As a result, these locals have begun
work-to-rule as of December 13, 2012.
"Bill 115 has brought the bargaining process of these locals to a
standstill. It is unfortunate that teachers, occasional teachers, and
DECEs from these locals will withdraw from all administrative
activities while continuing to teach students and ensure student
safety," said Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
The locals are:
Halton Teacher, Occasional Teacher, and DECE Locals
Limestone Teacher and Occasional Teacher Locals
Near North Teacher and Occasional Teacher Locals
Upper Canada Teacher and Occasional Teacher Locals
Local bargaining stalled following the passage in September of Bill 115,
which has imposed drastic cuts to ETFO members' collective agreements
and attacked their democratic rights.
During votes taken earlier this fall, every local received an
overwhelming mandate 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.
SOURCE: Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations, 416-948-0195