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

11:56  14 january  2020
11:56  14 january  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

Elementary teachers in Ontario plan rotating strikes amid contract talks

  Elementary teachers in Ontario plan rotating strikes amid contract talks 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."This government's approach to education sector contract talks is a sham," he said in a statement.

Cynthia Mulligan with the latest on the escalating tensions between the government and teachers . UP NEXT. NOW PLAYING: other. Standoff between teachers and province continues.

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a group of people posing for the camera: ETFO president Sam Hammond is flanked by elementary school teachers at a news conference last year.© Michael Wilson/CBC ETFO president Sam Hammond is flanked by elementary school teachers at a news conference last year. 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.

OSSTF announces another 1-day school strike on Jan. 15

  OSSTF announces another 1-day school strike on Jan. 15 The union representing most of the province's public high school teachers announced Friday that it will be striking again on Jan. 15 in certain school boards across the province. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) said in a news release that on the same day, union members in other school boards will also hold information pickets in front of schools and at MPPs' offices."The Minister of Education continues to peddle the false narrative that this dispute is about compensation," said OSSTF President Harvey Bischof in a statement.

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"I'm seeing basically a standoff," said Charles Pascal, former deputy minister of education for the province and current professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

As both sides dig in their heels, Pascal accused Minister of Education Stephen Lecce of being "incredibly disrespectful" to teachers in the province.

"His language, his vitriolic comments, it's not helpful," he said. "Except for the current minister and his predecessor in this government, I've known every education minister for the last four decades, and I have never, ever witnessed more disrespect from a minister of education on a moment-by-moment basis."

As tensions surge, so too does the finger pointing from both sides, as the unions and the province accuse each other of not budging on substantive issues of compensation, class sizes, and the implementation of controversial e-learning programs.

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.

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Extracurricular activities haven't fully resumed, but talks are ongoing between the Ontario government and elementary and secondary teachers ’ unions . “It is a clear provincial policy requirement that there be 20 minutes per day of physical activity,” she said.

"We've made significant moves to date … The ball is in the union's court," Lecce told reporters Monday. "It remains on their side. They've made no change at all."

The Tory government has said changes to education were necessary to help chop at a $7.4-billion deficit.

"I think further escalations by teachers' unions are adversely affecting students in this province," Lecce said. "I would urge the unions to cease from escalations."

Job actions escalate

ETFO president Sam Hammond announced Monday that Ontario's elementary teachers are ramping up their job action. Starting this week, elementary teachers won't be supervising extra-curricular activities outside regular school hours, participating in field trips, or participating in assemblies, except to supervise students.

Elementary teachers are also threatening to start rotating strikes next Monday "if the government refuses to address critical issues" by the end of the week.

Randall Denley: The quandary of wooing parents while the children lose out

  Randall Denley: The quandary of wooing parents while the children lose out Education strikes are inevitably public relations wars designed to get parents’ support. On that front, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce made a smart move Wednesday when he offered parents compensation of up to $60 a day for childcare expenses created by the teaching unions’ intensifying rotating strikes. Lecce’s move underlines the point he has been making since the start of the labour disruptions — he’s on the parents’ side. By contrast, the unions believe the best way to woo parents is to punish their children until the parents beg for it to stop.

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Hammond told CBC News that there have been no discussions of late between the union and the province.

"There is no communication with this government, quite frankly," he said.

Teachers in Ontario's English Catholic system also announced Monday that they would hold a one-day strike on Jan. 21 — following in the OSSTF's footsteps, which has been holding a series of rotating strikes in recent weeks, with another scheduled for Wednesday.

OECTA president Liz Stuart says the government's negotiating team has said it has no authority to reach an agreement that doesn't include "significant, permanent cuts."

Teachers say they are pushing back against the Ford government's plans to increase class sizes and introduce mandatory e-learning courses.

But the Progressive Conservative government says the key issue at the bargaining table is compensation.

Province says its making concessions

Lecce said Monday that the province has made concessions both on class sizes and online learning.

In November, the province walked back its online learning requirement for high schoolers from four courses to two.

Ford criticizes teachers' union leaders, says he won't give in to salary demands

  Ford criticizes teachers' union leaders, says he won't give in to salary demands TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford is criticizing the heads of Ontario's major teachers' unions, saying the groups have "bad leadership." Ford made the comments at Queen's Park today as all four unions are engaged in various job actions, including rotating strikes and work-to-rule campaigns. The premier says his government will not give into the unions' demands for increased compensation, and a one per cent pay raise cap is important to help eliminateFord made the comments at Queen's Park today as all four unions are engaged in various job actions, including rotating strikes and work-to-rule campaigns.

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" Teachers found the signing bonus very insulting," said Ms. Sheppet, who teaches math at Lord Byng Secondary School in Vancouver. The board has asked school districts to provide a list of all such urgent remedial courses, as well as a list of all the teachers who will teach them, by Wednesday.

The Ontario government also announced last fall that it would partially walk back plans to increase high-school class sizes — scaling the funded average class sizes back to 25 from the 28 it had been proposing for months.

However, that number is still higher than the previous funded average of 22.5 students per class. OSSTF president Harvey Bischof said at the time that, "making things not as bad as they previously announced is not, in my mind, a concession."

Pascal says he believes class sizes remain the biggest obstacle in the bargaining process.

"Unless this government deals with the biggest elephant in the room, which is class size … I don't see this resolving itself," he said.

NDP education critic Marit Stiles told CBC News that this is the first time in over 20 years that Ontario has seen province-wide education labour actions of this magnitude.

"All of [the unions] cite the government's refusal to back down from cuts," she said. "It's pretty clear to me that the government's cuts … to classrooms are the major concern for all Ontarians and for education workers.

"The government has a responsibility here to stop digging in their heels. I feel the government has dug themselves into a hole here."

adam.carter@cbc.ca

Ontario elementary teachers kick off week of rotating strikes as dispute continues .
TORONTO — Elementary school teachers hit the picket lines in the Toronto and Ottawa regions today as their union kicked off a week of rotating one-day strikes, shutting down schools in three boards. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario is holding its first strikes today in the York Region, Toronto and Ottawa-Carleton school boards. The strikes will hit different boards each day this week as tensions escalate between the union and the province.Teachers carrying signs gathered outside schools in the frigid weather this morning, at times joined by parents and other community members.

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