Public highschool academics to carry one other one-day strike in Toronto, different areas on Dec. 11

Chris Herhalt,

Printed Friday, December 6, 2019 1:04PM EST


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Public highschool academics in Toronto and a number of other different elements of Ontario will maintain one other one-day strike on Dec. 11 if a brand new collective settlement isn’t reached by then, the union mentioned Friday.

In contrast to this past Tuesday’s job action, which pressured the closure of each public highschool within the province, the Ontario Secondary Faculty Academics’ Federation (OSSTF) mentioned this new effort excludes most public college boards within the GTA.


The union says highschool academics in these boards will stroll off the job:

  • Toronto District Faculty Board
  • Simcoe County District Faculty Board
  • Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District Faculty Board
  • Grand Erie District Faculty Board
  • Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District Faculty Board
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District Faculty Board
  • Close to North District Faculty Board
  • Wet River District Faculty Board
  • Trillium Lakelands District Faculty Board

As well as, OSSTF-represented academics and workers within the French Catholic and French public college boards that serve Toronto and many of the Higher Golden Horseshoe  — Conseil Scolaire Viamonde and Conseil scolaire de district catholique MonAvenir, may even stroll off the job Dec. 11.

The opposite main public boards of the GTA: The Durham District Faculty Board, York District Faculty Board, Peel District Faculty Board, Halton District Faculty Board, and Hamilton-Wentworth District Faculty Board, are usually not impacted in any respect by the deliberate Dec. 11 walk-off and all colleges in these districts will probably be open.


Talking forward of the OSSTF announcement at Queen’s Park on Friday, Schooling Minister Stephen Lecce mentioned he was made conscious that the union was making ready an extra job motion and located it to be “unacceptable.”


“In over 200 days OSSTF has not put ahead any modifications to their (preliminary) proposal,” Lecce mentioned. “Pupil success ought to by no means be the casualty of union escalation.”


He claimed that to supply all academics and training staff what OSSTF has requested for, a price of dwelling wage enhance, it might value the province $1.5 billion over three years. The union has disputed that determine and has mentioned that they’re looking for an adjustment to account for inflation, which sits round two per cent.

Lecce continues to ask that academics settle for a one per cent wage enhance, saying they’ve respectable salaries already.

“I’m saying that one level to individuals who make on common $92,000 per 12 months, is cheap,” he mentioned.


OSSTF President Harvey Bischof mentioned the truth that bargaining started in March with the Ford authorities already imposing elevated class measurement caps, obligatory e-learning and cuts to highschool boards, meant his union needed to take a stand, even when it inconveniences mother and father and college students.


“The long-term harm this authorities will impose on the training system is way worse than what is going to come up from the actions we’re taking,” he mentioned.