TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Grand Erie public elementary teachers,
occasional teachers, and designated early childhood educators (DECEs)
will stage a one-day strike this Tuesday December 18 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
"The stripping of democratic rights to collectively bargain is an
extremely serious situation, not just for educators but for all working
Ontarians," said Donna Howey, president of the Grand Erie Teacher
Local. "The minister's willful imposition of Bill 115 has left us with
no option but to strike."
"Bill 115 has taken away local autonomy. The minister needs to step
aside and let boards and locals proceed with fair and respectful
discussions," added Kevin Utley, president of the Grand Erie Occasional
"Our members are standing up for their rights. We cannot let this
government undo the democratic foundations on which this province was
built," said Patricia Hammond, president of the Grand Erie DECE Local.
During a vote on September 24, 2012, the locals received overwhelming
mandates for strike action from their members. The locals will move
into a legal strike position on December 14, 2012. Prior to that, they
received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with Grand Erie
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 Grand Erie Teacher Local represents 1,000 elementary teachers
employed by Grand Erie District School Board. The Grand Erie Region
Occasional Teacher Local represents 476 Occasional Teachers and the
DECE Local represents 56 DECEs.
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:
Donna Howey, Grand Erie Teacher Local President, 519-770-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Utley, Occasional Teacher Local President, 519-536-9711, email@example.com
Patricia Hammond, Grand Erie DECE Local President, 519-720-8460, firstname.lastname@example.org