Key contract issues as tensions increase between Ontario public high school teachers’ union, government
Global News spoke to sources familiar with the negotiations within the Ontario government and the OSSTF in order to find out what the key points are in the negotiations.The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) says no agreements have been reached with the province during bargaining and they have been "driven" to the one-day walkout.
The union representing Ontario secondary school teachers put forth a list of demands it says the government must meet if it wants to prevent some teachers from walking off the job on Wednesday in a one-day strike.
In a statement released late Friday night, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) proposed that the government revert to class sizes of 22 students, eliminate e-learning courses and ensurewill not impede free collective bargaining.
Teacher walkout could close elementary schools too, OCDSB says
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) says elementary schools in the city will also close if high school teachers go ahead with a one-day walkout next Wednesday.The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) says elementary schools in the city will also close next Wednesday if high school teachers go ahead with a one-day walkout.
In return, the union said it would postpone the full withdrawal of services at some education boards on Wednesday and agree to go into private mediation with the government.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce fired back in a statement of his own on Saturday, arguing that the union's proposal is "a restatement of OSSTF's original and unchanged collective bargaining brief passed months ago."
Lecce said the government has made reasonable offers at the negotiating table, including to change class sizes to 25 students, from its original proposal of 28, and to reduce the number of online learning courses high school students would be required to take from four to two.
"Enough with the games that singularly hurt our kids," the statement said.
"Union leaders should agree to private mediation without any preconditions, like we did with CUPE, where a voluntary agreement was reached that kept kids in class."
Talks break off between province and OSSTF, union says 1-day strike will go ahead .
The union that represents public high school teachers in Ontario says a one-day strike in 10 boards will proceed on Wednesday now that contract talks between the union and province have broken off. Talks broke off on Monday, after just one day of negotiating, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) has confirmed.The union and province were scheduled to talk on Tuesday as well, but the mediator says both sides are too far apart to resume negotiations.According to the union, the issues are class sizes, mandatory online courses and funding cuts. The Ontario education ministry said the main issue is compensation.