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14 november 2019 00:45:05

Catholic teachers vote 97.1 per cent in favour of strike action
(The Star Toronto Raptors)

Ontario’s Catholic teachers have voted 97.1 per cent in favour of strike action.The results, released Wednesday by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, come more than a week after the recent strike vote of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario where a record 98 per cent approved.OECTA announced the province-wide strike vote late last month after President Liz Stuart said the union was frustrated with talks with the Ontario government and had “reached a critical juncture in the bargaining process.” “The message we have sent to the government is loud and clear: Catholic teachers will not accept any agreement that would be detrimental to learning and working conditions in our schools,” said Stuart.“The government will try to portray this as teachers escalating tensions, but the reality is they have created this situation by continuing to pursue their reckless cuts to education,” she said.That mandate is yet another sign of rocky times ahead with the province’s teachers. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation is in a legal strike position as of next Monday and public elementary teachers on Nov. 25. Unions have to give five days’ notice of any impending job action. “We aren’t making any announcement today,” said Harvey Bischof, president of the secondary teachers’ union — which means no job action on Monday.Stuart said teachers need to fight the “reckless cuts” of Premier Doug Ford government.All teacher unions continue to negotiate with the government, and in some cases also represent early childhood educators and some support staff.The government has already announced it is boosting class sizes starting in Grade 4 — especially in high school where the average size was to move from 22 to 28 students over the next four years, shedding thousands of teaching jobs and limiting course options and class selections for s ...

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