If you have kids in the public school system, a heads up. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says members have voted 98 per cent in favour of strike action should it be required.
The 98% strike mandate of elementary educators shows Ford’s Ed Minister it’s time to move beyond words and media stunts about “reasonable and constructive bargaining” to actually support the students in our schools. Reverse the cuts and fund public education!#onted #onpoli pic.twitter.com/VKPBYSlvRr— Elementary Educators (@ETFOeducators) November 1, 2019
The union will meet with a provincially appointed conciliator on Monday to try and work through several issues including support for students with special needs and class size.
” I support a deal not a strike.”Stephen Lecce, Ontario Minister of Education
“While our government has been a reasonable and constructive force at the bargaining table-focused on keeping our kids in class-today, ETFO has taken another escalating step towards a strike which will disproportionately hurt our kids.” says Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, “Strike action caused by unions could mean school closures, disruption, and uncertainty for students and parents. I support a deal not a strike. Our team remains unequivocal in our determination to land deals with our labour partners as soon as possible to keep our kids in the classroom.”
“Government representatives at the table are refusing to address student learning conditions,”Sam Hammond, ETFO President
“Government representatives at the table are refusing to address student learning conditions and their working conditions(teachers) in any meaningful way.” said Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.
Many provincial educators have been without contracts since the end of August. So far, the only education group that has reached a deal with the province is the Canadian Union of Public Employees.