TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - David Clegg, a teacher with the York Region
District School Board, was elected president of the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario (ETFO) at the federation's annual meeting today.
"ETFO will end the funding gap between elementary and secondary students
and the disparity in working conditions it creates between elementary and
secondary teachers," Clegg promised the more than 500 delegates attending the
meeting. "Its existence insults not only our professionalism but impairs our
ability to fulfill our students' needs," he added.
"Campaign 200 and the No Substitute campaigns have demonstrated we can
set significant goals and deliver on them. Seizing the strategic initiative
with our new Close the Gap campaign will again position ETFO to lead the way
Clegg, who has been ETFO's first vice-president since August, 2003, was
first elected to the provincial Executive in 1999.
Clegg began his teaching career in 1992 and since that time has taught
grades 6, 7, and 8. In 1998, as local chief negotiator, he held a key position
through that year's turbulent lockout (the first in Ontario for public
elementary teachers) and subsequent strike. He went on to serve as president
of the York Region ETFO Local.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents more than
70,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
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