Ontario’s English Catholic teachers resume contract talks, more rotating strikes are planned next week if there is no deal

A mediator has called both sides in the dispute back to the bargaining table

Ontario’s English Catholic teachers are prepared to walk off the job next week in a series of rotating strikes if a contract deal with the province is not reached.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) is heading back to the negotiating table today.

In addition to the upcoming province-wide walk out on Friday, the union will begin rotating strikes the week of February 24 if there is no deal.

Catholic teachers at the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board are penciled in for strike action on Thursday, February 27, which would close elementary and secondary schools.

Negotiations between the Ford government and OECTA collapsed in January, and there has been only one day of talks since then.

A mediator called both sides back to the table.