TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Greater Essex public elementary teachers
and occasional teachers 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
"It is regrettable that we've been forced to take this action, but Bill
115 is a fundamental attack on our right to bargain collectively," said
Adelina Cecchin, president of the Greater Essex County Teacher Local.
"The education minister has seriously interfered with a negotiating
process that has worked well for decades."
"We will not just stand by and allow the government to erode our
constitutional rights," added Sharon Ciebin, president of the Greater
Essex County Occasional Teacher Local. "Our members are prepared to
defend their right to free and fair collective bargaining."
During a vote on October 1, 2012, the locals received overwhelming
mandates for strike action from their members. The locals moved into a
legal strike position on December 10, 2012. Prior to that, they
received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with Greater
Essex County 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 Greater Essex County Teacher Local represents 1,515 elementary
teachers employed by Greater Essex District School Board. The Greater
Essex County Occasional Teacher Local represents 355 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:
Adelina Cecchin, Greater Essex County Teacher Local President, 519-999-8291, email@example.com
Sharon Ciebin, Greater Essex County Occasional Teacher Local President, 519-987-3836, firstname.lastname@example.org