Canada Curious Kids: Do teachers get paid when they go on strike?
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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Do teachers get paid when they go on strike? — Zara, 10, Toronto.
Many people are confused about whether teachers get paid their salaries during a strike. The short answer is that they don’t.
But striking teachers often receive a bit of financial help during a strike from money they themselves have already paid to their unions. In other words, teachers are paying themselves when they strike.
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When employees strike they refuse to perform their normal duties because they have a strong complaint about how the employer is treating them.
The employer, in this case, is the school board — a group of schools in a particular region.
Teachers may be striking because the school board wants to put more students in the classes they teach, or teachers feel the school board is not paying them enough money for their work.
In other words, a strike is a sacrifice that teachers make today to improve things tomorrow.
How can you pay yourself?
When teachers get paid for their work, a very small portion of the money they earned goes into what’s called a teachers’ union — a big group of teachers who share common professional interests.
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TORONTO — Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the government will give money to parents affected by rotating teachers' strikes, with compensation for child care ranging from $25 to $60 per day of missed school. Parents whose kids aren't yet enrolled in school but attend school-based child-care centres affected by the strikes will get the most money, while those whose children are in grades 1 through 7 will get the least. Parents of secondary school students won't get any funding, but those with children with special needs up to age 21 will get $40 per day.
My involvement with unions has shown me that negotiating as a group of workers (a union) with an employer (a school board, for example) for wages, working conditions and benefits protects individual workers from being treated unfairly by an employer.
I was a union member when I was a teacher and when I’ve held other jobs. Then as athat negotiated with teacher unions.
The money teachers pay toward their union is called union dues or membership dues and this money is used to pay for many things.
These dues pay salaries of the union officials who organize teacher meetings or who arrange the professional learning teachers do when students stay home on a professional development (P.D.) or.
Everything we know about the possible Ontario teacher strike next week
Ontario teachers have given the required five-days notice to school boards in anticipation of rotating teacher strikes starting on Monday, Jan. 20.What’s more, according to , Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) president Sam Hammond hinted this morning that there could be a second one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21, presumably at other boards. Hammond said he’d notify parents tomorrow (Thursday, January 16).
They support teachers in many other ways too, like representing teachers in negotiations with their employers, the school boards, if either teachers or the school boards want to change the terms of employment.
A portion of the dues a teacher pays to her or his union also goes into a bank account in case of a strike.
Agreeing on work conditions
The process for making decisions about wages (the money teachers make), working conditions and benefits is called collective bargaining.
Collective bargaining is a negotiation between the union representing teachers and a representative of the school board. In some cases,, there could be , which means that the position of the province’s ministry of education is the position that school boards are required to take into discussions.
When the union and employer come to an agreement, they enter those decisions in a document called a collective agreement. When an agreement cannot be reached, both the employer and the union have tools they can use.
The employer can prevent teachers from working and earning their wages by locking them out of the school. The union can strike.
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford says poor leadership among teachers’ unions is to blame for the protracted labour dispute gripping the province’s education system.During a news conference Thursday at Queen's Park, Ford said union leaders have been stubbornly unwilling to negotiate.
No regular work, no pay
When teachers strike, they are refusing to perform their regular assigned work, and they don’t receive their pay from their employer.
Instead their union often pays them a small amount of money (about $50 to $100 each day) so that they can pay some of their normal expenses, like rent, food and transportation.
This money comes from the union’s strike account. The payment from the strike account comes from the membership dues the teachers pay each month.
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Charles Ungerleider is Managing Partner of Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group, LLP
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