Ontario’s English Catholic Teachers To Begin Job Action Next Week

Work-to-rule campaign being launched

Job action will begin next week by teachers at the province’s English Catholic schools if a tentative contract cannot be reached with the Ford government.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association represents 45,000 teachers across the province. The job action would begin Monday.

“We have not taken this decision lightly, but we believe it is necessary to secure a fair contract and protect publicly funded education in Ontario,” said Liz Stuart, president of the OECTA, in a news release issued Wednesday.

The union accused the Ford government of being disorganized and disrespectful throughout contract negotiations and said the province continues to insist on an agreement that includes significant cuts.

The job action will be in the form of a work-to-rule campaign, which means teachers will not prepare report cards, attend Ministry of Education initiatives, and participate in EQAO-related activities.

The union warned that a full withdrawal of services “could become necessary” if the government does not change its positions.

The two sides have scheduled bargaining sessions on January 9 and 10th.