TORONTO, Dec. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - ETFO Ottawa-Carleton teachers and
occasional teachers will stage a one-day strike this Wednesday December
12th 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 locals the latitude to have concrete and
respectful discussions with all options on the table, in order to reach
"The minister needs to rethink her approach to local bargaining because
of the limitations we are working under to reach an agreement," said
Peter Giuliani, president of the Ottawa-Carleton Teacher Local. "Her
ham-fisted approach has forced us into a strike in order to try and
find a way to move forward."
"The lack of local autonomy has caused enormous frustration for our
local and the board during these negotiations," added David Wildman,
President of the Ottawa-Carleton Occasional Teacher Local.
Both locals moved into a legal strike position on December 3. They
received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with the
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. During a vote on September 24,
2012, both locals received overwhelming mandates for strike action from
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 Ottawa-Carleton Teacher Local represents 3,295 elementary teachers
employed by Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Ottawa-Carleton
Occasional Teacher Local represents 943 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:
Peter Giuliani, Ottawa-Carleton Teacher Local President, 613-850-9182, email@example.com
David Wildman, Ottawa-Carleton Occasional Teacher Local President, 613-292-6007, firstname.lastname@example.org