TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Lambton-Kent 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
"A strike is the only way that we can send the minister a message that
she can't strip educators of their democratic right to collectively
bargain," said Ron Rivait, president of the Lambton-Kent Teacher Local.
"Legally, education bargaining takes place at the local level but Bill
115 has severely impeded those talks between the board and our local."
"Regardless of how difficult or inconvenient a strike may be, teachers
are standing up for democratic rights in this province," added Marion
Collop, president of the Lambton-Kent Occasional Teacher Local. "The
government can't simply abolish the rights of working Ontarians and
have its actions met with silence."
During a vote on September 12, 2012, the locals received overwhelming
mandates for strike action from their members. The locals moved into a
legal strike position on December 5, 2012. Prior to that, they received
no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of
Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with Lambton-Kent District
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 Lambton-Kent Teacher Local represents 871 elementary teachers
employed by Lambton-Kent District School Board. The Lambton-Kent
Occasional Teacher Local represents 329 Occasional 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:
Ron Rivait, Lambton-Kent Teacher Local President, 519-628-5416, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marion Collop, Lambton-Kent Occasional Teacher Local President, 519-862-3712, email@example.com