Timmins public schools will be closed for one-day teacher strike

11 Janvier, 2020, 02:25 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario has said as of Monday its members will stop supervising extra-curricular activities and taking part in field trips.

Public elementary and high schools will be closed for a one-day teacher strike next week.

Students should be in class. The union says staff at other boards across the province will hold information pickets in front of schools and at MPPs' offices.

Parents of elementary school students with the Rainbow Board are asked to call their child's school to inform them if their student will not be attending classes January 15.

Teachers at certain elementary and secondary schools within the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario and the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est will also walk off the job, the union said.

On Jan. 15 teachers in the Bluewater District School Board, which includes Meaford and Thornbury, as well as some others in Ontario will be picketing for the day.

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Both the Rainbow Board and the Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon have announced class cancellations due to the strike.

Ontario's Catholic teachers are moving forward with a work-to-rule campaign after contract talks with the province broke down on Thursday.

OSSTF members will strike at boards including the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and Upper Grand District School Board.

OSSTF President Harvey Bischof repeated his offer to call off the strike if the government cancels the move toward larger classes and returns to staffing levels in place during the 2018-19 school year.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce has repeatedly said the key sticking point in negotiations with high school teachers is compensation, with the unions demanding a roughly two-per-cent wage increase and the government offering one per cent.

Teachers were dismayed when the Tories announced in March that average secondary school class sizes would jump from 22 to 28 and four e-learning courses would be mandatory for graduation.

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