For the first time since 1997; teachers and education workers across the province will be out of their classrooms. It’s is a full withdrawal of services by all four major unions Today which will see some two million students kept home across Ontario.
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) and the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) are all participating in this job action. This is after the OECTA negotiations with the province failed to come to any agreement yesterday.
OECTA President, Liz Stuart, gave a statement on the situation on the unions Twitter page yesterday stating that though the discussions were respectful, they did not result in an agreement. It also mentioned that they were still planning rotating strikes for next week; though they were open to returning to the bargaining table if the mediator believes it possible for progress to be made.
If no such progress occurs you can expect the Catholic teachers’ rotating strikes next week to start Monday and proceed with the following schedule.
- February 24: Toronto, Huron-Superior, Niagara, Northwest, St. Clair, and Waterloo Catholic boards.
- February 25: Durham, Halton, Huron-Perth, Kenora, Nipissing-Parry Sound, Ottawa, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic boards.
- February 26: No strike is planned for Ash Wednesday
- February 27: Algonquin and Lakeshore, Brant Haldimand Norfolk, Bruce-Grey, Dufferin-Peel, Northeastern, Renfrew County, Simcoe Muskoka, and Superior North Catholic boards.
- February 28: Hamilton-Wentworth, London, York, Wellington, Windsor-Essex, and Eastern Ontario Catholic school boards.
Thus far none of the other unions have issued any strike notices, though all Presidents would be speaking to the media Today.
As a reminder, this strike action Today will see all schools in the Grand Erie District School Board (GEDSB) closed to students, as well as all schools in the Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Catholic District School Board (BHNCDSB). You should also expect all programs including Before and After School Child Care and Community Use of Schools rentals to also be cancelled.