Saturday, August 1, 2015

Local teachers start job action

ETFO Rainy River Teacher Local, ETFO Occasional Teacher (OT) Local, and ETFO Educational Support Personnel (ESP) Local have received “no board” reports through the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with the Rainy River District School Board.
As a result, the three locals began work-to-rule today.

Local bargaining stalled following the passage in September of Bill 115, which imposed drastic cuts to ETFO members’ collective agreements and attacks their democratic rights.
“Bill 115 is a direct attack on the democratic rights of Ontario’s education workers,” charged ETFO president Sam Hammond.
“ETFO members in Rainy River have been left with no option but to take strike action.”
“My members are in strong support of job action, but their ultimate goal is to achieve a fair collective agreement,” noted Trevor Bowles, president of the ETFO Rainy River Teacher Local.
“At this point, we are continuing to bargain to achieve that result.”
“Let’s put the blame for the current labour unrest in the education sector squarely where it belongs: at the feet of this government, which chose to hamstring local bargaining by passing Bill 115,” said Jackie Dupuis-Brandli, president of the ETFO ESP Local.
During a vote Sept. 12, the three locals received overwhelming mandates for strike action from their members.
The Ontario Labour Relations Act requires that a strike mandate and a “no board” report must be received, and 16 days must pass following the receipt of the “no board report,” before legal strike action can occur.

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