Rotating Strikes Will Likely Close Schools for Two Days Next Week

Henrietta Strickland
January 29, 2020

ETFO members in Grand Erie include all elementary teachers, occasional elementary teachers, and all designated early childhood educators.

Public elementary school teachers will hold a one-day province-wide strike on February 6 in the event that a deal is not reached with the province, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says.

Teachers from Connaught, Admiral, and Nottawa public schools marched in front of MPP Jim Wilson's office today, and others walked the sidewalk in front of Mountain View Elementary School.

This latest set of strikes is one in a long row of labour action taken by teachers on elementary- and high school level in both public and catholic schools.

"The huge uptake of our Support for Parents initiative speaks volumes to the level of uncertainty union-led strike action causes".

ETFO has been staging rotating, one-day strikes at boards across the province this week and last week, and has been on a work-to-rule campaign since November.

School boards have said that if the walkouts happen, they would have no choice but to shutter elementary schools on those days. ETFO President Sam Hammond says there is nothing to be gained by Education Minister Stephen Lecce avoiding meaningful and fair contract talks.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) has also announced that it is planning a second one-day, province-wide walkout on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

This means three straight days of teachers' strikes in Ottawa and a full school week of strikes affecting eastern Ontario.

High schools will remain open unless job action is announced by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation.

The ETFO is holding one-day, rotating strikes at all boards across the province next week, affecting the Rainbow board Tuesday, and is also holding a provincewide strike Thursday. "The students receiving their services have complex medical needs and are unable to attend regular school".

Fri., Feb. 7 - Limestone District School Board.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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