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Canada Elementary teachers in Ontario plan rotating strikes amid contract talks

22:56  09 january  2020
22:56  09 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Elementary teachers ramp up job action: no field trips, extra-curriculars

  Elementary teachers ramp up job action: no field trips, extra-curriculars Elementary teachers ramp up job action: no field trips, extra-curricularsTeachers won't be supervising extra-curricular activities outside regular school hours, participating in field trips, or participating in assemblies, except to supervise students.

Both the Ontario Secondary School Teachers ’ Federation and the Elementary Teachers ’ Federation of Ontario are also conducting work-to-rule campaigns, which limit participating in standardized testing and the amount of work that can be done preparing report cards. Education Minister Stephen Lecce

TORONTO — The union representing elementary teachers in Ontario says it is ready to resume contract negotiations with the province. In a public statement, Sandals expressed concern with the union's plan to begin rotating strikes next month and encouraged it to reconsider any planned

FILE PHOTO: Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario joins protesting teachers union members as they gather outside Ogden Junior Public School,  Nov. 27, 2019.© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young FILE PHOTO: Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario joins protesting teachers union members as they gather outside Ogden Junior Public School, Nov. 27, 2019.

TORONTO — Elementary teachers in Ontario are planning rotating strikes starting Jan. 20 unless there is significant progress in contract talks.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario said Thursday that "if the government refuses to address critical issues" by Jan. 17, its members will start a full withdrawal of services on a rotating basis the following Monday.

Union president Sam Hammond said in six months of contract talks, government negotiators have only discussed cuts to education.

Gulf widens in 'standoff' between province, teachers' unions

  Gulf widens in 'standoff' between province, teachers' unions After weeks of rotating strikes and the promise of more on the horizon, Ontario’s largest teachers’ unions remain deadlocked in a labour impasse with the province that just keeps escalating. Parents and kids across the province are now affected, with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) all now scheduling one-day strikes alongside the withdrawal of services.

TORONTO — Ontario ’s elementary teachers will start a work-to-rule campaign on Nov. 26 that they say will not affect students, but is just the first phase in potentially The Elementary Teachers ’ Federation of Ontario says their action will target ministry and school board administrative tasks.

High school teachers have also been on a work-to-rule campaign, as have elementary teachers , amid a contentious round of contract negotiations. Lecce said he’s concerned rotating teacher strikes have left students poorly prepared for the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) testing

"This government's approach to education sector contract talks is a sham," he said in a statement. "They have met with ETFO for a very limited time on each of the 22 days of bargaining since August, making it obvious that there is no intention or ability for them to address serious issues affecting the education of elementary students and educators."

Hammond has said key issues are more supports for students with special needs, addressing violence in schools and preserving full-day kindergarten.

Elementary teachers are also seeking higher wage increases than the government has offered.

The teachers have also been staging an administrative work-to-rule campaign since November, and they say they will ramp that up starting Monday by no longer supervising extra-curricular activities, participating in field trips, or participating in assemblies, except to supervise students.

Ontario’s elementary teachers to hold 1-day strike, including Toronto, York and Ottawa

  Ontario’s elementary teachers to hold 1-day strike, including Toronto, York and Ottawa The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario has announced teachers in Toronto, York and Ottawa will "participate in a full withdrawal of services strike" on Monday.The boards include the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board (DECEs), the York Region District School Board and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

TORONTO -- Elementary and high school teachers in Ontario 's public system could be in a legal strike position later this month. The Elementary Teachers ' Federation of Ontario and the government met with a conciliator Monday amid tense contract talks

The Ontario Teachers ' Pension Plan Board ( Ontario Teachers '; French: Régime de retraite des enseignantes et des enseignants de l' Ontario or RREO)

All of Ontario's major teachers' unions have expressed frustration with a lack of progress in talks with the government. They have been without contracts since Aug. 31.

High school teachers have staged a series of rotating strikes and have also been on a work-to-rule campaign since November. Teachers in the English Catholic system will be starting an administrative work-to-rule campaign on Monday, including not participating in standardized testing, preparing report card comments or participating in Ministry of Education initiatives.

Catholic and high school teachers were angered when the Tories announced in March that average secondary school class sizes would jump from 22 to 28 and four e-learning courses would be mandatory for graduation.

The province has since scaled back those increases, to an average class size of 25 and two e-learning courses, but the unions say that's not good enough.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce has repeatedly said the key sticking point in negotiations with high school teachers is compensation, with the union demanding a roughly two-per-cent wage increase and the government offering one per cent.

The government enacted legislation limiting public sector wage increases to one per cent for three years. The teachers and other unions are challenging the move in court as an unconstitutional violation of their collective bargaining rights.

The Canadian Press first published this article on Jan. 9, 2020.

Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

Ontario elementary teachers announce latest round of strikes for Thursday .
TORONTO — The union representing Ontario's elementary school teachers has announced its latest round of rotating strikes at four more school boards will take place on Thursday. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario said the one-day strike on Thursday will take place at the Avon-Maitland, Halton, Niagara and Lakehead school boards. The latest round of job action comes after the ETFO announced one-day strikes at several school boards fromThe Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario said the one-day strike on Thursday will take place at the Avon-Maitland, Halton, Niagara and Lakehead school boards.

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