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Teachers begin work to rule campaign

Posted November 26, 2019

Public elementary and secondary school teachers across the province, including in Simcoe County, began a "limited withdrawal" of services this morning as negotiations with the provincial government remain stalled after eight months.

At this point, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) are limiting job actions mostly to Ministry of Education and school board activities, and report card preparations.

Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association and the provincial government are scheduled to meet Friday with a conciliator. ETFO and OSSTF conciliation attempts ended with their request for a no-board report, which triggers the countdown to legal strike position.

Key issues for ETFO include more supports for students with special needs, addressing violence in schools and preserving full-day kindergarten.

For OSSTF,  class size average for 2018/19 was 22:1. This year, it  increased to 22.5:1, with the goal to increase the average to 25:1. And, according to the Ministry of Education, spending has decreased by an average of $59 per pupil over last year.

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by Tony Veltri