As elementary teachers across the province vote on whether or not to strike, a secondary school union is calling for the same.
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation says it has no choice but to begin the process of conducting strike votes, following what it says is months of delays and inaction from the Ontario Government. “The government claims that it wants to resolve these negotiations quickly,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof. “But from the beginning, they have done nothing to help expedite the process, and now they are simply refusing to discuss substantive issues at the bargaining table.”
Bischof went on to say efforts at the bargaining table will continue as members undertake a strike vote. Voting is expected to conclude by November 15th.
Meanwhile, members of three local Simcoe County elementary unions were holding strike votes in Barrie on Tuesday. Once all members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario vote, a final result should be expected on October 30th.