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Canada Ottawa public schools brace for teacher strike action

13:06  26 november  2019
13:06  26 november  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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  Ontario high school teachers, education workers vote in favour of a strike 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 requiredThe Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation says the result gives it an "overwhelming" mandate to take job action if necessary.

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a man holding a box: David Wildman represents occasional teachers in the Ottawa branch of ETFO. He says teachers are extremely frustrated that cuts have hurt their ability to meet the needs of students. © Provided by cbc.ca David Wildman represents occasional teachers in the Ottawa branch of ETFO. He says teachers are extremely frustrated that cuts have hurt their ability to meet the needs of students.

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.

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Here in Ottawa, more than 9,000 education workers in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board will start their partial withdrawal of services as soon as classes start on Tuesday. 

During the morning action, primary teachers are expected to hand out pamphlets to parents detailing the reasons for their work-to-rule campaign. 

"Teachers are extremely frustrated because they find themselves unable to meet the needs of students in their classrooms," said David Wildman, a spokesperson with the Ottawa branch of the ETFO.

Wildman said proposed government cuts to education assistants and larger class sizes are putting additional pressure on teachers who are already stressed by the growing number of special needs children and newcomers who don't speak English in their classrooms. 

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The Ontario Secondary School Teachers ' Federation (OSSTF) is a trade union which represents 60,000 members across Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1919, its membership includes public high school teachers , occasional teachers , teaching assistants, psychoeducational consultants

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"They fear — as we seem to have a government intent on cutting each year for the next four years — the job which is already stressful and challenging will become impossible," said Wildman.

Phase one of the work-to-rule campaign includes a list of about 20 non-participating activities. Most of the list includes administrative tasks, but there will be some impact on students. Teachers will not prepare students for EQAO exams and will not participate in the province's Fundamentals of Math Strategy. Report cards will be graded, but comments won't be provided. 

On the eve of strike action, all the parents CBC Ottawa spoke to are supportive of the work-to-rule campaign.

Simone Rivers, who has a son in grade four at Elgin Street Public School, says she appreciates that the union is trying to limit the impact on students for now.

"It's important for people to be able to voice their discontent," Rivers said. But she says she would have concerns if her son's teachers escalate their job action.

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School leaders across N.C. brace for mass teacher absences during upcoming protest. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools expects to have a preliminary tally Friday of how many teachers are taking He cast the action as a march for students and a rally for better pay, safer schools and newer buildings.

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"If they have a full-on strike it will always be a challenge for parents who have jobs to go to, but I understand that's part of living in this kind of society. We want people to have good solid jobs."

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 27, Ottawa's public high school teachers will also start daily information pickets before and after school and during the lunch hour.

About 30 schools and administrative buildings will also be affected by strike action launched by the local branch of the OSSTF. Along with high school teachers and substitutes, OSSTF also represents custodial and maintenance staff, educational assistants, early childhood educators, adult education workers and professional support staff. 

Both ETFO and OSSTF say this first phase of strike action will not affect classroom learning, extracurricular programs or extended day programs for now. But the unions say they have the right to escalate their job action on short notice.

The public school board says students and parents should be aware the job action could lead to traffic delays around its buildings.

In a news release, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board said that "students, parents and employees have the right to cross a picket line without harassment or intimidation" and warned the public to "keep personal biases and emotions in check" to avoid verbal or physical confrontation.

No bargaining scheduled after one-day strike by teachers, educators cancels classes for 116,000 Ottawa students .
High school teachers and education workers were on the picket line Wednesday in a one-day strike that cancelled classes for 116,000 Ottawa students. Parents scrambled to find care for the kids while members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) said the one-day pain that closed some schools across the province was necessary to fight cuts being made by the Conservative government. Parents scrambled to find care for the kids while members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) said the one-day pain that closed some schools across the province was necessary to fight cuts being made by the Conservative government.

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