Media Advisory: Leaders of Canadian Teachers’ Federation to attend NSTU protest in Halifax tomorrow

February 16, 2017

OTTAWA – Presidents of teacher organizations along with the President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) will join members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) at noon during their protest in front of the provincial legislature in Halifax tomorrow.

These CTF Board members will bring greetings of solidarity on behalf of over 232,000 Canadian teachers and express their staunch opposition to the McNeil government’s legislation which undermines collective bargaining rights.

Attending the protest are:

  • Heather Smith, CTF President
  • Mike Foulds, President, Ontario Teachers’ Federation
  • Rémi Sabourin, President, Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens
  • Sam Hammond, President, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
  • James Dinn, President, Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association, and
  • Bethany MacLeod, President, Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation

Last November, when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), the CTF Board of Directors issued the following statement:

“Teacher leaders of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) applaud the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision of November 10, 2016, which reaffirms the right to collective bargaining as guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“Respecting the tools and mechanisms readily available in the collective bargaining process to resolve disputes would avoid legislation aimed at limiting or stripping away bargaining rights.

“Our freedom to associate has long been recognized internationally and in Canada as an important aspect of a fair and democratic society. Our collective action helps protect individuals from unfairness in one of the most fundamental aspects of their lives, their employment.

“CTF and all Member organizations will collectively and vigorously oppose any attempts by governments and employers of teachers to unilaterally determine working conditions for teachers or to otherwise undermine the principles of collective bargaining.”

Founded in 1920, the CTF is a national alliance of provincial and territorial Member organizations that represent nearly 232,000 teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of the 32-million member Education International. @CanTeachersFed



Francine Filion, Director of Communications, CTF, 613-688-4314

Angela Murray, PR Coordinator, NSTU, 902-479-4708 or 902-497-0194 (cell), [email protected], @NSTeachersUnion

Mark Laventure, Communications Support Specialist, 902-233-1953 (cell) [email protected]