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Canada Ontario public elementary teachers vote 98 per cent in favour of strike amid stalled bargaining with Ford government

17:55  01 november  2019
17:55  01 november  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

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Ford has repeatedly threatened to criminalize any strike that shuts down Ontario schools and has tabled legislation (Bill 124) to enforce the government ’s If the union bowed before Ford ’s threats, it is not because his Tory government is strong. But because the union bureaucrats are terrified that a

The vote follows a similar strike authorization by Seattle teachers and coincides with a series of Since the 2008 financial crisis, state, federal and local governments have sought to balance their At the press conference Friday night announcing the vote totals, UTLA chair of the bargaining team

a group of people standing in front of a sign: Students protest at City Hall in Kingston in April over Doug Ford's budget cuts towards education. Major education unions have been critical of the government’s overall direction since taking power last year.© Amy Walton/SunMedia Students protest at City Hall in Kingston in April over Doug Ford's budget cuts towards education. Major education unions have been critical of the government’s overall direction since taking power last year.

TORONTO — Public elementary teachers in Ontario have voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike should it become necessary.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario is calling the result of the vote an “overwhelming” mandate from its 83,000 members.

The union filed for conciliation last month, saying bargaining with Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government had reached a virtual standstill.

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Teachers vote 98 percent to support walking out if necessary. The vote was 98 percent in favor of authorizing a strike if necessary, said Ann Katzburg, the union president. The move toward fact-finding — when someone authorized through the state’s Public Employment Relations Board will

High school teachers and teachers in the English Catholic system are also holding strike votes, with results expected in the next couple of weeks.

This round of bargaining has been tense, as it comes amid government attempts to impose caps on wage increases for public sector workers and increase class sizes, which will mean thousands of fewer teachers in the system.

A strike by 55,000 education workers — such as custodians, administrative staff and early childhood educators — was averted at the last minute when the government reached a tentative deal with the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

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Ontario elementary teachers will be asked to vote on a strike mandate at mass meetings across the province this month and next. "It is committed to continuing negotiations at the bargaining table until a fair and reasonable collective agreement can be reached for public elementary educators in

The Ford government ’s move to save money has reportedly cost hundreds of Ontario public high school teachers their full-time jobs. According to a report in the Toronto Star, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) found that the “equivalent of 266 full-time teaching positions

ETFO president Sam Hammond has said the government has told the union it’s seeking $150 million in reductions to their collective agreement.

Major education unions have been critical of the government’s overall direction since taking power last year, including moves to increase high school class sizes from an average of 22 to 28, boost class sizes for Grades 4 to 8 from 23 students to 24, mandate e-learning courses and reduce per-student funding to boards.

Those hikes to class sizes over four years would mean the loss of 10,000 teaching jobs, though Education Minister Stephen Lecce has recently said he has offered in talks with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation to scale back the increase in high school class sizes to 25.

But OSSTF has called that a “poison pill,” because the offer would also mean local class size limits are removed, essentially allowing the province to see the number of students per class climb indefinitely.

Ontario elementary teachers will be in legal strike position as of Nov. 25 .
Ontario elementary teachers will be in legal strike position as of Nov. 25 , 2019.In an email obtained by Global News sent to over 76,000 members the union said, "Receiving a 'no board' report doesn’t mean negotiations have ended.READ MORE: Ontario elementary teachers closer to legal strike position with no-board report request "The process of asking for a 'no board' report places heightened pressure on the government, Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and Council of Trustees’ Associations to focus on reaching an agreement.

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