TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Waterloo Region public elementary
teachers, occasional teachers, and designated early childhood educators
(DECEs) 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
"Bill 115 was crafted by this government in part to win a by-election in
this region," said Greg Weiler, president of the Waterloo Region
Teacher Local. "Not only did that strategy fail, the law has needlessly
fuelled labour strife for which the education minister and premier
"Our members will not stand by and allow their democratic rights to be
trampled on by this minister," added Judith Cutts, president of the
Waterloo Region Occasional Teacher Local.
"If job action is the only way to send a message to the minister, then
that's what our members are prepared to do," said Jenn Wallage,
president of the Waterloo DECE Local.
During a vote on September 24, 2012, the locals received overwhelming
mandates for strike action from their members. The locals will move
into a legal strike position on December 17, 2012. Prior to that, they
received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the
Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with Waterloo
Region 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 Waterloo Region Teacher Local represents 2,537 elementary teachers
employed by Waterloo Region District School Board. The Waterloo Region
Occasional Teacher Local represents 986 Occasional Teachers and the
DECE Local represents 129 DECEs.
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:
Greg Weiler, Waterloo Region Teacher Local, 519-404-2582, firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith Cutts, Waterloo Region Occasional Teacher Local, 519-998-6370, email@example.com
Jenn Wallage, Waterloo DECE Local, 519-503-1077, firstname.lastname@example.org