Ontario Teachers Union wants cell phones turned off in the classroom

TORONTO, Aug. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - This afternoon the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario voted at its annual general meeting that student cell phones should be turned off and stored during school hours, unless a teacher gives permission.

The vote was part of a series of motions requesting that radiation from cell phones and WiFi be recognized as a potential workplace hazard for teachers.

"There is cause for concern for members' health and safety, especially women," said Sandra Wash, a teacher representing Peel District who spoke at the meeting.

Two years ago the World Health Organization officially declared wireless radiation from cell phones and WiFi to be a possible Carcinogen.

A second vote this afternoon demands that school Boards stop hiding WiFi transmitters in the ceiling, and label them as part of a hazard control program.

ETFO is Canada's largest teachers union, representing seventy-six thousand Ontario elementary teachers.

Background  www.safeschool.ca


SOURCE: Safe School Committee

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Sandra Wash
ETFO Delegate (Peel District)

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