Back-to-back one-day strikes next week will impact Simcoe County public elementary students

ETFO members will be off the job Wednesday in Simcoe County, province-wide Thursday

Ontario’s elementary teachers’ union has warned it will escalate job action if no deal is reached soon.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario will hold a one-day strike on Wednesday, February 5, affecting elementary schools at several school boards including the Simcoe County District School Board.

The ETFO has also given notice it will hold a province-wide strike on February 6 if a deal with the Ford Government can’t be reached by then. All 83,000 members of the union will withdraw from services for the single-day strike, in contrast to the limited job action affecting select school boards in the past.

“There is nothing to be gained by Minister Lecce avoiding meaningful and fair contract talks other than further damaging the reputation of the Ford government,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “Educators and parents are not going to accept the government’s deep cuts to public education that only serve to harm the quality of education for generations to come.”

Lecce, who was in Barrie Monday, said the two sides are awaiting word from the mediator that she’s ready to call them back to the bargaining table.

Starting February 3, members of the ETFO will also cease participating in extra-curricular activities. A one-day strike affecting some school boards, York Region, will be held on February 7.