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Sam Hammond re-elected as ETFO president

ETFO president Sam Hammond speaks at a news conference in Toronto on April 3, 2013. CITYNEWS

Members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario have re-elected Sam Hammond as president, a position he has held since 2009.

Hammond led the 76,000-member union’s fight against Bill 115, which imposed contracts with a two-year wage freeze on the province’s teachers.

He also defended his union’s one-day strike tactics, which teachers staged in December of last year to protest the legislation.

After being re-elected, he said he is looking forward to ensuring ETFO’s leadership in championing public education and democratic rights into the next round of collective bargaining with the provincial government.