Ontario’s high school teacher’s union has pulled the trigger on job action, amid tumultuous negotiations with the province.
Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) President Harvey Bischof says members will participate in information pickets before or after school, and withdrawing from certain administrative duties. It is expected this withdrawal will affect school boards and the Ministry of Education only, and not students or their parents.
“Doug Ford’s Minister of Education would have Ontarians believe that he’s eager to get to a deal,” said Bischof. “But the bargaining process has been underway for months now, and through that entire time the government side of the table has willfully avoided any meaningful discussion of issues that are crucial to the quality of education in Ontario.”
This move represents the first time in 20 years the OSSTF has taken job action.