As negotiations continue, the head of Ontario’s high school teachers’ union says members will hold a one-day strike.
Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation President Harvey Bischof says the ongoing work-to-rule campaign has not gotten through to the provincial government, and that stronger measures are needed. Earlier this month, about 95 per cent of OSSTF members voted in favour of a strike.
“This week we began a job action carefully devised to have no impact on students,” said Bischof. “It’s clear from these past two days of bargaining, however, that our action is having no impact on the tone or substance of negotiations.”
OSSTF members will walk off the job for Wednesday, December 4th, returning the next day. “We do recognize that our one-day walkout will cause short-term disruption in the lives of students and parents, and we are disappointed that we’ve been driven to take this job action. We cannot, however, stand aside and do nothing while the long-term interests of students are being compromised by the Ford government,” concluded Bischof.
This action also includes Educational Assistants, Designated Early Childhood Educators, Office and Clerical and Maintenance staff with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.