Ontario's Catholic school teachers vote for strike action if needed
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.
TORONTO — The union representing Ontario's high school teachers says its members have voted 95 per cent in favour of a strike.
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation says the result gives it an "overwhelming" mandate to take job action if necessary.
The union also represents education workers who voted 92 per cent in favour of taking strike action.
The OSSTF is already in a legal strike position as of today, though it's also required to give five days' notice before a strike and has not yet done so.
Three of Ontario's four major teachers' unions are taking steps toward potential strikes as they negotiate with the government for new contracts.
Elementary teachers are set to start a work-to-rule campaign on Nov. 26 that they say will target ministry and school board administrative tasks but won't affect student learning.
Catholic teachers voted 97 per cent in favour of a strike if necessary, although they are not yet in a legal strike position, while negotiations between the province and French teachers continue.
Ottawa public schools brace for teacher strike action .
Teachers at 147 English public schools in Ottawa plan to gather outside the schools before the morning bell and walk into buildings together in a "solidarity march," the first of several job actions expected. After three months of stalled negotiations between the Ontario government and its teachers' unions, both the The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation are expected to begin the first phase of their strike actions in hopes of forcing the Province back to the bargaining table.