Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

April 01, 2005 11:11 ET

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS STEP UP WORK-TO-RULE

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 1, 2005) - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) began to withdraw additional administrative services today in five boards of education, escalating the work-to-rule that began in March.

This morning elementary teachers working in Avon Maitland, Peel, Renfrew, Thames Valley, and Trillium Lakelands boards of education added additional cutbacks to the list of administrative services no longer being performed. The actions come as teachers step up demands for improvements to their daily working conditions.

On Monday elementary teachers working in Durham, Hamilton-Wentworth, Kawartha Pine Ridge, Lambton Kent, Niagara, Ontario North East, Rainbow, Rainy River, Simcoe County, Toronto, Waterloo, and York Regions will also withdraw additional administrative services.

Elementary teachers have been without a contract since August 31, 2004 and have been attempting to negotiate improvements to their working conditions since bargaining began for new collective agreements in the fall.

Billboards carrying the 'Campaign 200' logo and the slogan "It's About Time" have been posted in Barrie, Orillia, Central Ontario, Cornwall, Hamilton, Burlington, Kingston, Belleville, Brockville & District, Kitchener-Waterloo & District, London & District, Ottawa & District, Owen Sound, Collingwood & District, Pembroke & District, Peterborough, Lindsay & District, St. Catherines, Niagara, Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Thunder Bay, Timmins & District, Toronto & GTA, Windsor, Chatham & District, and Woodstock. Campaign 200 was launched in February 2004.

For comment on negotiations across the province and on Campaign 200, contact President Emily Noble at 416 948-1480. For a PDF graphic of the billboard image or a list of sites where billboards may be photographed locally, contact Harold Vigoda at the ETFO office or on cell.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 65,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest elementary federation in Canada outside of Quebec.

/For further information: Harold Vigoda: 416-962-3836; 416-948-0351 (cell); hvigoda@etfo.org/ IN: EDUCATION

Contact Information

  • Harold Vigoda, Collective Bargaining Communications, ETFO
    Primary Phone: 416-962-3836 ext. 2224
    Secondary Phone: 416-948-0351
    Toll-Free: 888-838-3836
    E-mail: hvigoda@etfo.org