Start of Dispute:
Read the OFL solidarity statement with OSSTF.
For Immediate Release: Friday, December 6, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO to hold one-day walkout in selected locations
(Toronto)— On Wednesday, December 11, teachers and education workers represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) in certain school boards (see attached fact sheet) will take part in a one-day, full withdrawal of services in selected locations across Ontario.
On the same day, OSSTF/FEESO members in other school boards will hold information pickets in front of schools, at MPPs’ offices, and in other locations throughout the entire province.
These actions follow a one-day, province-wide walkout on December 4. A limited withdrawal of services, which began on November 26, will continue province-wide.
“Even after it was confirmed that the government’s own public consultations reveal overwhelming opposition to Doug Ford’s education agenda, the government is still refusing to engage in serious discussions about mandatory e-learning, class size, staffing, or any other issue that affects the learning environments in our schools,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof.
“We are disappointed and mystified at the government’s apparent indifference to the legitimate and well-documented concerns of parents, students, and educators alike,” Bischof said. “Owing to that indifference, our efforts at the bargaining table and our job actions to this point have yielded virtually no progress. We have no choice but to continue our efforts.”
“We absolutely understand that our targeted job actions create a temporary disruption for the students and families affected. By contrast, the Doug Ford agenda, if it is allowed to be implemented, will create long-term disruption for students across the entire education system, and leave publicly-funded education in Ontario deeply and permanently damaged,” concluded Bischof.