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January 16, 2020

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), its 54 affiliated unions and provincial labour councils stand in solidarity with the members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) as they defend Ontario’s public education system from the Conservative government’s proposed education cuts, increases to class sizes and mandatory e-learning scheme.

“OECTA members have our full solidarity as they take labour action to protect quality public education in Ontario,” said OFL President Patty Coates. “The labour movement is united in opposition to this government’s devastating plans for significant cuts to education. We stand with them to defend Ontario students, families, and future generations from cuts that will erode our public education system.”

The January 21 province-wide withdrawal of services will be the first of its kind for Catholic teachers in more than 20 years. The OFL encourages all Ontarians to continue to show their support for education workers as labour actions continue.

“It’s time for the Minister of Education to reconsider the government’s position and start putting the best interests of Ontario students first,” said Coates. “The Conservatives must make the needed investment to ensure that every student has access to a quality education.”

The Ontario Federation of Labour represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.

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To arrange interviews or for more information, please contact: 

Meagan Perry, Director of Communications
Ontario Federation of Labour
mperry@ofl.ca l 416-894-3456

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