TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Halton public elementary teachers,
occasional teachers, and designated early childhood educators (DECEs)
will stage a one-day strike this Wednesday December 19 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 education minister has placed severe restrictions on local talks by
wielding the excessive and unnecessary powers of Bill 115," said Marg
Macfarlane, president of the Halton Teacher Local. "She needs to
rethink her approach so that our board and local can get on with
finding solutions that are fair and respectful."
"How can this minister and government abide by the chaos created by a
law that has no place in a modern democracy?" added Al Bero, president
of the Halton Occasional Teacher Local.
"While a strike is difficult and inconvenient for everyone, our members
are standing up for the democratic rights of educators and all working
Ontarians," said Amy Rasmussen, president of the Halton DECE local.
During a vote on October 2, 2012, the locals received overwhelming
mandates for strike action from their members. The locals moved into a
legal strike position on December 13, 2012. Prior to that, they
received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with Halton
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 Halton Teacher Local represents 2,594 elementary teachers employed
by Halton District School
Board. The Halton Occasional Teacher Local represents 697 Occasional
Teachers, and the Halton
DECE Local represents 136 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:
Marg Macfarlane, Halton Teacher Local, 905-332-1633, email@example.com
Al Bero, Halton Occasional Teacher Local, 905-332-6840, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Rasmussen, Halton DECE Local, 905-691-5071, email@example.com