Ontario’s elementary teachers’ union is taking another one-day job action in the face of tempestuous negotiations with the province.
The one-day strike on January 20th will not affect schools within Simcoe County or Muskoka Region but will impact boards within York Region, Toronto, and the Ottawa area.
“Other than cuts to education, Ford’s Education Minister Stephen Lecce has refused to give his negotiators a mandate to discuss the substantive issues we know are important for students and education workers,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “Unless the government makes an immediate effort to engage in serious talks, we will have no option but to further escalate our strike action. As of today, Minister Lecce has established no dates for contract talks.”
On Wednesday morning, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said parents will be given up to sixty dollars a day to cover costs of minding children should job action disrupt the school day.