Hamilton teacher ousts union president after controversial contract

News Aug 28, 2009 Ancaster News

A Hamilton public school elementary teacher who has just unseated his provincial union’s former president says one of his first goals will be to pressure the McGuinty government to fulfill its promise for full-day kindergarten next year.

Sam Hammond, newly elected head of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, said he’s concerned the province may back down as a result of an advisory report that recommends teachers only be in the classroom for half the day.

Two early childhood educators would be responsible for the other half of what is now being called a full-day learning program, he said.

“It should be a full-day, every day kindergarten program with a certified, qualified teacher in that program for the full day,” he said.

Elected to a two-year term, Mr. Hammond, 50, who is a physical education and health teacher, defeated incumbent president David Clegg during a vote held at EFTO’s annual convention in Toronto last week.

He had previously served as first vice-president and, prior to that, as chief negotiator for the Hamilton-Wentworth Elementary Teachers’ Local, where his cousin Lisa Hammond is president.

Results of the vote were not released, but Mr. Clegg controversially turned down a contract offer from the province last year that would have given his 73,000 members a four-year deal with annual wage increases of three per cent –one accepted by all other teacher groups.

Hamilton teacher ousts union president after controversial contract

News Aug 28, 2009 Ancaster News

A Hamilton public school elementary teacher who has just unseated his provincial union’s former president says one of his first goals will be to pressure the McGuinty government to fulfill its promise for full-day kindergarten next year.

Sam Hammond, newly elected head of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, said he’s concerned the province may back down as a result of an advisory report that recommends teachers only be in the classroom for half the day.

Two early childhood educators would be responsible for the other half of what is now being called a full-day learning program, he said.

“It should be a full-day, every day kindergarten program with a certified, qualified teacher in that program for the full day,” he said.

Elected to a two-year term, Mr. Hammond, 50, who is a physical education and health teacher, defeated incumbent president David Clegg during a vote held at EFTO’s annual convention in Toronto last week.

He had previously served as first vice-president and, prior to that, as chief negotiator for the Hamilton-Wentworth Elementary Teachers’ Local, where his cousin Lisa Hammond is president.

Results of the vote were not released, but Mr. Clegg controversially turned down a contract offer from the province last year that would have given his 73,000 members a four-year deal with annual wage increases of three per cent –one accepted by all other teacher groups.

Hamilton teacher ousts union president after controversial contract

News Aug 28, 2009 Ancaster News

A Hamilton public school elementary teacher who has just unseated his provincial union’s former president says one of his first goals will be to pressure the McGuinty government to fulfill its promise for full-day kindergarten next year.

Sam Hammond, newly elected head of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, said he’s concerned the province may back down as a result of an advisory report that recommends teachers only be in the classroom for half the day.

Two early childhood educators would be responsible for the other half of what is now being called a full-day learning program, he said.

“It should be a full-day, every day kindergarten program with a certified, qualified teacher in that program for the full day,” he said.

Elected to a two-year term, Mr. Hammond, 50, who is a physical education and health teacher, defeated incumbent president David Clegg during a vote held at EFTO’s annual convention in Toronto last week.

He had previously served as first vice-president and, prior to that, as chief negotiator for the Hamilton-Wentworth Elementary Teachers’ Local, where his cousin Lisa Hammond is president.

Results of the vote were not released, but Mr. Clegg controversially turned down a contract offer from the province last year that would have given his 73,000 members a four-year deal with annual wage increases of three per cent –one accepted by all other teacher groups.