A provincial mediator has called the provincial government and one of the teachers’ unions back to the bargaining table today.
They will be the first talks between Queen’s park and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) since mid-December.
The talks come with ETFO threatening several teacher walkouts next week if a deal is not reached by Friday.
One-day walkouts are planned for Monday (February 3) at public elementary schools in the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (Muskoka, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes) and Wednesday (February 5) at the Simcoe County District School Board.
In addition, ETFO has planned province-wide walkouts once-a-week – beginning February 6 – if a deal is not reached.
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) says its members will not report to work next Tuesday, closing all Catholic elementary and high schools in the province.