Catholic teachers’ union plans one-day strike
Pictured, St. Michael Catholic High School in Kemptville. (Jennifer Westendorp, mykemptvillenow.com staff)
Class could be cancelled for students in Catholic boards across the province on January 21.
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) announced plans to engage in a one-day strike.
Teachers will not be reporting to work or performing any of their duties, according to the OECTA. The union, which represents 45,000 members, started job action this week.
OECTA President Liz Stuart says the government will only do the right thing when under pressure from Ontarians. Talks have stalled between province and union, which is opposed to larger class sizes, mandatory e-learning and the elimination of programs and supports for vulnerable students.
The strike will be the first of its kind for Catholic teachers in over 20 years.
The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) says it will close all schools on Tuesday. The board sent out a notice yesterday advising parents and guardians to have alternate childcare plans in place. The OECTA represents more than 857 teachers, or 59%, of the CDSBEO workforce.