Schools will be closed all across Ontario today as three teachers unions hold one-day strikes. All members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association will be hitting the picket lines today after a day of talks with the government. Meanwhile the union representing high school teachers will be resuming its rotating strikes after a brief hiatus for exams. And the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario will continue its escalating job actions leading up to a provincewide strike on Thursday. All of Ontario’s major teachers unions are involved in some form of job action as they try to work out a new contract with the provincial government. Yesterday talks broke off with the English Catholic teachers.
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) released a statement saying negotiations concluded without an agreement and that its members will be moving ahead with a province-wide strike on Tuesday. “We understand the difficulty this creates for families, but we know most Ontarians agree that these actions are necessary to help us reach an agreement that will protect students in Ontario’s world-renowned publicly funded education system over the long term,” said OECTA President Liz Stuart in a statement. Stuart also said the union will be ready to return to the negotiating table when the mediator calls it back.
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