TORONTO, ON – Apr 13 2018 — The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) are filing unfair labour practice complaints with the Ontario Labour Relations Board against the Government of Ontario. The complaints detail how the Government discriminated against OSSTF/FEESO and ETFO members when it:
The Government’s conduct only recently came to light when it confirmed that two of four teacher unions, as well as other employee bargaining agencies, will be receiving financial settlements from the province totalling tens of millions of dollars, essentially for their non-participation in the Bill 115 Charter challenge.
ETFO President Sam Hammond:
“ETFO’s unfair labour practice complaint makes the case that these recent payouts are, essentially, very expensive thank you cards from the Liberal government to unions that agreed to major financial concessions during 2012 and gave public legitimacy to a law, Bill 115, that the government used to impose those same concessions on others. At the same time, the government refuses to offer a fair settlement to the members of ETFO, a union that challenged Bill 115 at every turn and sought to protect its members’ Charter rights in court.”
“The Government says its recent payouts are a safeguard against future constitutional challenges, but that story is a smoke-screen that evaporates under scrutiny. These financial deals, and the fiction spun to justify them, prove yet again how ethically challenged this Liberal government really is.
“In its complaint, ETFO is asking the OLRB to make the government produce all documents related to the payouts in question. We intend to shine a light on the unprincipled actions taken by the Liberals in advance of a provincial election.”