It might not be the Christmas present parents were hoping for but area public elementary and occasional teachers will be out of the classroom this Tuesday (Dec. 18), protesting Bill 115, legislation the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says is "severely impending" local collective bargaining.
“A strike is the only way that we can send the minister a message that she can’t strip educators of their democratic right to collectively bargain,” said Ron Rivait, president of the Lambton-Kent Teacher Local. “Legally, education bargaining takes place at the local level but Bill 115 has severely impeded those talks between the board and our local.”
The teachers' union said it moved into a legal strike position on December 5, 2012. Prior to that, they received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with Lambton-Kent District School Board.
ETFO Lambton-Kent Teacher Local represents 871 elementary teachers employed by Lambton-Kent District School Board. The Lambton-Kent Occasional Teacher Local represents 329 Occasional Teachers.
Bill 115, known as Putting Students First Act, 2012, became law on Sept. 11, 2012.