Negotiations between the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (@ETFO) and the Province, as well as the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (@OECTA), the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (@OSSTF) and the Province failed to produce any results and the following strike announcements have been made.
ETFO announced last week that if a central agreement was not reached by Friday, January 31st, it will continue its rotating, one-day, full withdrawal of services at select school boards and it will hold a province-wide, one-day, full withdrawal of services on Thursday (February 6). Given the negotiations failed to achieve any outcome look to keep Elementary students from the Grand Erie District School Board (GEDSB) home Today and on Thursday. The rotating schedule and full day will make the week look like this:
- February 3: One-day strikes in Bluewater, Grand Erie, Halton, Ontario North East, Renfrew County, Superior Greenstone and Trillium Lakelands school boards.
- February 4: One-day strikes in Avon Maitland, Durham, Durham Catholic, Hastings-Prince Edward, Lambton Kent, Peel, Rainbow, Thames Valley and Upper Grand school boards and Campbell Children’s School Authority.
- February 5: One-day strikes in Kawartha Pine Ridge, Keewatin-Patricia, Lakehead, Near North, Ottawa-Carleton, Penetanguishene Protestant Separate, Rainy River, Simcoe County and Upper Canada school boards and Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre.
- February 6: One-day strike of all 83,000 ETFO members.
- February 7: One-day strikes in Algoma, Greater Essex County, Hamilton-Wentworth, Limestone, Niagara, Toronto, Toronto Catholic, Waterloo and York Region school boards as well as Bloorview, John McGivney Children’s Centre, KidsAbility,Moosonee, Moose Factory and Niagara Peninsula Children’s Centre school authorities.
OECTA have planned a one-day strike scheduled for all boards on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. OECTA and the Province are set to return to the bargaining table Today – Monday, February 3rd; though the OECTA president Liz Stuart said this will not prevent the Tuesday strike. This will close both Elementary and Secondary schools in the Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Catholic District School Board (BHNCDSB)
Teachers and education workers represented by the OSSTF in certain school boards will take part in a one-day, full withdrawal of services in selected locations across Ontario on February 4, 2020. The GEDSB and BHNCDSB will NOT be closed by this job action.
The locations affected will be as follows:
- Lakehead District School Board
- Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
- Lambton Kent District School Board
- Thames Valley District School Board
- Waterloo Region District School Board
- Waterloo Catholic District School Board
- York Region District School Board
- York Catholic District School Board
- Halton District School Board
- Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
A number of french schools will also be closed. See this link for more. OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof has once again offered to postpone pending job actions if the government agrees to return to, and maintain, the class size ratios and staffing levels that were in place in Ontario schools just one year ago.
This continues the negotiations and job actions from all the major teachers unions with the Province which have been ongoing since the end of August when contracts ran out. The two sides continue to disagree on the main issue with the Province saying it is about a 1% difference in raise; while the Unions say it is about class size and online courses. So far the Ministry of Labour Mediator has called off negotiations at various times with the different Unions due to neither side being willing to budge on their positions.