TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - ETFO Kawartha Pine Ridge teachers and
occasional teachers will stage a one-day strike this Friday December 14th 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."
"Bill 115 has set such rigid parameters that we are having to take a
pause to send the minister a message that her approach is not working,"
said Dave Wing, President of the Kawartha Pine Ridge Teacher Local. "My
members don't take this action lightly but it's a necessary step in
trying to find a resolution."
"As stressful as this is for everyone, the minister can't strip my
members of their democratic rights and expect that it is going to be
business as usual," added Marsha Jones, President of the Kawartha Pine
Ridge Occasional Teacher Local.
Both locals moved into a legal strike position on November 26, 2012.
They received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with Kawartha
Pine Ridge District School Board. During a vote on September 6, 2012,
the locals received overwhelming mandates for strike action from their
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 Kawartha Pine Ridge Teacher Local represents 1,340 elementary
teachers employed by Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. The
Kawartha Pine Ridge Occasional Teacher Local represents 510 Occasional
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:
Dave Wing, Kawartha Pine Ridge Teacher Local President, 1-800-340-3781, email@example.com
Marsha Jones, Kawartha Pine Ridge Occasional Teacher Local President, 705-743-7364, firstname.lastname@example.org