Ontario Public Elementary Teachers To Step Up Job Action

Work-to-rule campaign moves into Phase Two

Ontario’s public elementary teachers are going to ramp up their work-to-rule campaign.

They will not plan any new field trips or distribute letters and memos from schools and boards.

The Ontario Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario says phase two of its job action will begin Tuesday.

As well, teachers will not collect money for school-based activities unless it is for charity, participate in performance appraisals, or post learning goals in the classroom if an administrator asks.

Phase one of the job action began last month, which included refusing to complete Term 1 report cards.

Public elementary teachers have been without a new contract since the end of August.

This development comes as the union representing public high school teachers plans a one-day strike at nine school boards including the Simcoe County District School Board and Trillium Lakelands District School Board.

Elementary and high schools at the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board will also be closed because the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation represents educational assistants, clerical, office and maintenance staff.

The job action follows a province-wide one-day strike last Wednesday.

OSSTF president Harvey Bischof said in a statement Saturday that the union will accept the mediation offer from the Ford government and postpone the upcoming one-day strike if the Education Minister removes the “unilateral” increases to class sizes and e-learning, and exempts them from recently passed legislation limiting all public sector workers to one-per-cent wage increases.