Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

October 05, 2005 15:01 ET

Ontario Teachers Condemn BC Government

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 5, 2005) - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) today added its voice to those condemning the Liberal government of British Columbia for imposing a contract on its teachers.

"We want our colleagues in British Columbia to know that we support them," said ETFO President Emily Noble. "BC teachers should be able to freely negotiate a collective agreement.

"In a democratic society no government has the right to impose its will on its workers. All citizens in BC should be appalled at the ruthless arrogance of this act," Noble said.

Teachers are taking job action to support improvements in working conditions that are critical in maintaining the quality of public education, Noble pointed out. Issues like caps on class sizes, and funding for specialist teachers, teacher-librarians and special needs students, deserve the support not only of educators but also of parents and the public.

"Here in Ontario we saw what eight years of funding cuts by the Mike Harris government did to public education," Noble said. "We are only now beginning to make up for the losses suffered in those years.

"And our students paid the price. They had a diminished curriculum, larger class sizes and less access to library and other learning resources."

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 70,000 public elementary teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest teacher federation in Canada outside Quebec.

IN: EDUCATION, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Johanna Brand
    Primary Phone: 416-962-3836 ext. 2339
    Secondary Phone: 416-948-2554
    Toll-Free: 888-838-3836
    E-mail: jbrand@etfo.org