Ontario English Catholic teachers are holding a province-wide strike today

This is the second province wide strike called by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association

Catholic schools—elementary and secondary–are closed today by a province-wide strike by Ontario’s English Catholic teachers.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Assoociation said yesterday that contract talks with the Ford government did not reach an agreement.

“We understand the difficulty this creates for families, but we know most Ontarians agree that these actions are necessary to help us reach an agreement that will protect students in Ontario’s world-renowned publicly funded education system over the long term,” said OECTA President Liz Stuart in a statement.

Stuart said they are waiting for the mediator to call everyone back to the negotiating table.

In a statement, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the government wants to keep talking.

“We remain available to meet at the negotiating table at any time, to engage in good-faith bargaining, and reach a deal that provides stability for our students and keeps them in class,” he said.

The strike continues what will be a week-long event of labour unrest.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation is holding a one-day strike at select boards today, but not in Simcoe County or Muskoka.

Public elementary schools in Simcoe County will be closed Wednesday by a one-day strike, and again on Thursday, when public elementary teachers walk off the job for the day province-wide.