TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Toronto 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
"As the largest school board in the province, this is not an action that
our members take lightly," said Martin Long, president of the
Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT). "We have been forced into this
action by an education minister who has willfully stripped educators of
their legal right to collectively bargain."
"This fall, our members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.
It was a clear and firm response to Bill 115 and the minister's
actions," added Marion Mutton, president of the Toronto Occasional
Teacher Local. "We are taking a stand to defend the fundamental rights
of working Ontarians because if we do not, then who will?"
During a vote on October 4, 2012, the locals received overwhelming
mandates for strike action from their members. The locals moved into a
legal strike position on December 10, 2012. Prior to that, they
received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with the Toronto
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 ETT Local represents 11,707 elementary teachers employed by Toronto
District School Board. The Toronto Occasional Teacher Local represents
2,715 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:
Martin Long, ETT President, 416-393-9930, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marion Mutton, Toronto Occasional Teacher Local, 416-735-4671, email@example.com