Public high school teachers could hold another 1-day strike in Toronto next week

Dec 6 2019, 11:10 am

Public teachers and education workers in select school boards will hold a one-day strike next week if a new collective agreement isn’t reached by then.

The union that represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) announced the strike on Friday and said members will hold information pickets in front of schools, at MPPs’ offices, and in other locations throughout the entire province on December 11.

These actions follow a one-day, province-wide walkout on December 4. A limited withdrawal of services, which began on November 26, will continue province-wide.

“Even after it was confirmed that the government’s own public consultations reveal overwhelming opposition to Doug Ford’s education agenda, the government is still refusing to engage in serious discussions about mandatory e-learning, class size, staffing, or any other issue that affects the learning environments in our schools,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof in a statement.

Bischof said the union is “disappointed” by the province’s “apparent indifference” to the concerns of parents, students, and educators.

“Owing to that indifference, our efforts at the bargaining table and our job actions to this point have yielded virtually no progress. We have no choice but to continue our efforts.”

The union says high school teachers in these boards will walk off the job:

  •  Toronto District School Board
  •  Simcoe County District School Board
  •  Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
  •  Grand Erie District School Board
  •  Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board
  •  Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  •  Near North District School Board
  •  Rainy River District School Board
  •  Trillium Lakelands District School Board

Additionally, OSSTF-represented teachers and staff in the French Catholic and French public school boards that serve Toronto and most of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, including Conseil Scolaire Viamonde and Conseil scolaire de district catholique MonAvenir, will also walk off the job on December 11.

Bischof added that while the union understands the strike will create a “temporary disruptions” for students and families, Ford’s agenda, if it is allowed to be implemented, will create long-term disruption for students across the entire education system.