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Canada Ontario's Catholic school teachers vote for strike action if needed

10:22  14 november  2019
10:22  14 november  2019 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

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Teachers at Ontario ’ s Catholic schools have voted 97.1 per cent in favour of strike action if needed . Negotiations continue, though. A strike vote is used as pressure in bargaining and does not necessarily mean there will be a walkout.

An overwhelming majority of teachers in Ontario ’ s Catholic school system say they are willing to strike if a deal with the Progressive Conservative government cannot be reached.

a group of people walking down a street holding a sign: Protest on Merivale Rd in Ottawa by teachers who are in contract negotiations and fighting increases to class sizes, October 25, 2019.  © Jean Levac Protest on Merivale Rd in Ottawa by teachers who are in contract negotiations and fighting increases to class sizes, October 25, 2019.

Teachers at Ontario’s Catholic schools have voted 97.1 per cent in favour of strike action if needed.

Negotiations continue, though. A strike vote is used as pressure in bargaining and does not necessarily mean there will be a walkout.

“The message we have sent to the government is loud and clear: Catholic teachers will not accept any agreement that would be detrimental to learning and working conditions in our schools,” Liz Stuart, president of 45,000-member Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, said in a release Wednesday announcing the vote results. “The government will try to portray this as teachers’ escalating tensions, but the reality is they have created this situation by continuing to pursue their reckless cuts to education.”

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Teachers in Ontario ’ s public elementary schools are moving toward a legal strike position. The high school teachers ’ union has taken the unusual step of As parents, we need to understand this is part of the normal cycle of a unionized workplace, and using the threat of job action is part of the process.

Public elementary teachers and education workers in Ontario have voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike , with their union calling the result an overwhelming mandate for job action if they deem it necessary.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce responded with a statement saying the government has been reasonable at the bargaining table and wants a deal but the union is “escalating at a time parents want us to focus on getting a deal that provides predictability for families.

“Strike action caused by unions could mean school closures, disruption, and uncertainty for students and parents. I support a deal, not a strike.”

Negotiations with thousands of workers in four major education unions are headed toward critical stages. The Catholic teachers are still a few steps away from being in a legal position to stage a job action, which can include a work-to-rule, partial withdrawal of service or partial or full strike.

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Public elementary teachers and education workers in Ontario have voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike , with their union calling the result an overwhelming mandate for job action if they deem it necessary.

We are Ontario ' s Catholic teachers . We teach in classrooms from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in publicly funded English Catholic schools . OECTA members will be taking a strike vote on Nov 12 & 13. Click here to select the course that fits your needs .

First up are the province’s public elementary and high school teachers, who will be in legal strike positions over the next two weeks.

High school teachers could legally take job action on Nov. 18, but nothing is planned for that day.

Five days’ notice is required, and Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) president Harvey Bischof said no notice would be given on Wednesday. OSSTF goes back to bargaining Thursday and another four dates are scheduled for next week, said Bischof. The union also represents educational assistants, early childhood educators, office administrators and custodians at some boards, including the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

The province’s 86,000 public elementary teachers are in a legal strike position on Nov. 25. They voted 98 per cent in favour of striking if necessary.

The unions are fighting the government’s changes and cuts to education as well as a new provincial law limiting wage increases for public servants to one per cent annually for the next three years.

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Ontario ’ s Catholic teachers ’ union says it is now scheduling strike votes across the province to fight what it calls the “reckless cuts” of the Doug Ford government. The move adds to the pressure already mounting on the Ford government given the province’s public elementary and secondary teachers

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario had been holding strike votes across the province for the past several weeks as it tries to negotiate a new labour The announcement came on the same day the Ontario Secondary School Teachers ’ Federation said it had been issued a no-board report.

Bischof says the law interferes with collective bargaining.

The OSSTF has asked for a wage increase equivalent to the annual increase in the cost of living, which is currently about two per cent.

A major issue for both OSSTF and the union representing Catholic teachers is larger classes. School boards were told last spring to increase the average high school class size from an average of 22 to 28 over the next four years. High school students will also be required to take four courses online, where class sizes would average 35. In Grades 4 to 8 the average class has increased by just under one student.

The larger classes, when fully implemented, would save about $900 million a year. They are a key component of the government’s plan to trim education spending.

In last week’s fiscal update, the government backed down on some of its more controversial funding cuts. The province’s $31.6-billion education budget was increased by $186 million. However, most of that extra education money — $122 million — went to municipalities for childcare programs.

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