Framework Talks Collapse; Local Negotiations to Begin

    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) has moved to assume control of local negotiations, following the
breakdown of talks with the Ontario Public School Boards' Association and the
Ministry of Education to set a framework for local bargaining.
    Local ETFO Presidents from across Ontario assembled at the federation's
provincial headquarters this morning to sign takeover documents to enable ETFO
provincial staff to begin negotiations with their local school boards.
    The existing four-year local collective agreements for all elementary
public school teachers and occasional teachers in Ontario will expire
August 31, 2008.
    "Framework talks failed because the Ministry's bargaining team clearly
demonstrated that they do not share our commitment to elementary education,"
said ETFO President David Clegg.
    "They said there were no resources available for further negotiation,"
explained Clegg.
    "They said 'no' to more resources for elementary schools; they said 'no'
to additional elementary teachers to provide more in-depth learning for
students and to make schools safer; and they said 'yes' to capping class sizes
in Grades 4 - 8, which are much larger than those in secondary schools.
Clearly, there was no benefit to continue with the meetings."
    Clegg said ETFO will now move to set up meetings with Boards of Education
across the province to negotiate local issues.

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents
73,000 elementary public school teachers and education workers across the
province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: David Clegg, President, ETFO, (416) 962-3836
(Office), (416) 948-1592 (Cell); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (Office), (416) 948-0195 (Cell)

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