Mike is currently an Executive Staff Officer with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). His career has spanned 32 years in the public education sector.
Over the course of his career in education he served as an educational assistant, elementary teacher, Health and Safety Rep., School Steward, Local Federation President, Provincial Executive Member, Ontario Teacher Federation Governor along with his most recent Executive Staff position in the Collective Bargaining Department with ETFO.
His collective bargaining experience has spanned most of his career due his early involvement with the federation. He worked his way up from the grass roots as a Local School Steward and has held numerous positions along the way. From political protests to picket lines, he has experienced and lead his membership both locally and provincially through many labour controversies.
Mike has learned a variety of negotiating styles from positional based bargaining to interest-focused bargaining and experienced how they have played out with both the union and management, and towards their relationship in the workplace. Most recently and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mike’s experience has expanded to include successful online bargaining strategies through a number of electronic platforms.
During his tenure as a union leader, Mike has dealt with membership issues from working conditions and grievance/arbitration, to employee benefits. On more than one occasion, he has had to mobilize his membership for job action in various forms.
Mike’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Carleton University in 1987, followed by a Bachelor of Education from Queens’s University in 1993. In addition, Mike spent two and half years traveling on an independent trip around the world and was the President of the Greater Kingston Frontenacs AAA Hockey Association. He lives Kingston with his family.
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