Elementary and high school teachers in Ontario’s public education system could be in a legal strike position later this month. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says they haven’t made any progress at the negotiating table. The union is requesting a no-board report, which can take a few days to be issued. Once that happens, teachers would be in a legal strike position 17 days later. High school teachers could be in a legal strike position on Nov. 18, because a no-board report was issued for them on Friday. Teachers in the English Catholic system are also in the process of holding strike votes, with results expected in the next couple of weeks. Elementary teachers voted 98 per cent in favour of strike action last week.
Meanwhile, the union representing Ontario’s education workers says 79 per cent of its members voted in favour of a new deal. The 55,000 workers narrowly avoided a strike in early October when the CUPE bargaining team reached an eleventh-hour tentative deal with the province. The union says the deal was not passed unanimously. It says bargaining now shifts to 109 local units across the province where issues such as pay equity and scheduling will be discussed.
Here is Education Minister Stephen Lecce addressing the issue earlier this week:
Parents deserve predictability now and in the year ahead.
— Stephen Lecce (@Sflecce) November 3, 2019
Photo Credit: Stephen Lecce via Twitter.