TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Near North 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
"The education minister must be held accountable for forcing us into a
strike action with Bill 115," said Dave Bartlett, president of the Near
North Teacher Local. "By removing local autonomy, she has made it more
than tough for our board and local to reach an agreement that meets the
needs of our classrooms."
"Our members will not be intimidated by a minister who has trampled our
democratic rights," added Jan Heinonen, president of the Near North
Occasional Teacher Local. "Elected officials need to know that they
cannot pass draconian laws that take away the legal rights of educators
or any other working Ontarians."
During a vote in September, 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 Near North
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 Near North Teacher Local represents 476 elementary teachers
employed by Near North District School Board. The Near North Occasional
Teacher Local represents 359 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:
Dave Bartlett, Near North Teacher Local President, 705-476-7109, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan Heinonen, Near North Occasional Teacher Local President, 705-386-0580, email@example.com