Teachers’ union plans one-day strike
(Michelle Vallee, mykemptvillenow.com staff)
High school teachers and support workers across the province may walk out of class on Wednesday. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) is planning a one-day strike if a new agreement is not reached with the province.
The walkout will follow six days of picketing outside of school hours and a limited withdrawal of administrative services that started this week.
The OSSTF says the announcement about the one-day strike comes on the heels of two more frustrating days at the bargaining table.
OSSTF President Harvey Bischof says through months of bargaining, the management team has avoided any meaningful discussion of class sizes, staffing, mandatory e-learning or any other issue that impacts the quality of student learning.
Bischof noted the union can’t stand aside and do nothing while the long-term interests of students are being compromised.