York Region Teacher Honoured by Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

    TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - Fred Mayor, a life-long federation activist, was
honoured by his colleagues on August 15. Mayor was awarded an Honourary Life
Membership in the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) at the
federation's Annual Meeting in Toronto.
    Honourary Life Memberships, the federation's highest form of recognition,
are given to members who have retired from the education profession and who
have given outstanding service to the federation at the provincial level.
    Mayor has been involved in the federation longer than many current ETFO
members have been alive. He got his start back in the mid-1960s while he was
on a probationary contract with the Aurora School Board. The original chief
negotiator was ill and Mayor jumped in and took over.
    During his 45 years of union activity, Mayor has always been active in
collective bargaining. He advocated for parity with his secondary colleagues
and achieved a 23 percent salary increase for his members in the early 1970s.
    As an occasional teacher (OT) chief negotiator, he was the first to
negotiate a daily rate, which was tied to the teachers' grid rate. The
language became a goal for other OT locals and the model for many other OT
    As the chief negotiator for York Region he understood the importance of
ensuring that the membership was informed and was prepared to take a stand.
During a particularly difficult round of bargaining, Mayor visited every
school in the region talking to teachers about the issues. They responded with
the highest strike vote at the time - 98.6 percent. This resulted in the
shortest strike in the union's history - 28 minutes.
    "Fred has been an inspirational leader to the pioneers of occasional
teacher organizing and bargaining in Ontario and to all occasional teacher
leaders who have followed in their footsteps," said Emily Noble, president of

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Larry Skory, (416) 948-0195 (cell),
lskory@etfo.org; Johanna Brand, (416) 948-2554 (cell), jbrand@etfo.org; Mary
Morison, (416) 948-3406 (cell), mmorison@etfo.org; August 13-16, ETFO Media
Centre, Queens Quay 1, Concourse Level, The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto,
Phone: (416) 957-7181, Fax: (416) 957-7180

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