Teachers in Rainy River, Ontario's District 5b have begun a full withdrawal of their services for one day per week beginning April 27.
The Ontario government's Bill 115 stripped the education sector of its right to bargain collectively and violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Teacher and occasional teacher members of ETFO have voted to ratify the central agreement reached with the Ontario Public School Boards' Association and the government.
ETFO is advising its members to suspend strike action in light of a tentative agreement that has been reached with the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) and the provincial government.
ETFO will be escalating its current Phase 3 strike action. Beginning Wednesday, October 28, ETFO teacher and occasional teacher members will withdraw from all voluntary extracurricular activities.
Teachers and occasional teachers are continuing to provide daily instruction to students and have the safety of their students as a prime objective.
ETFO has escalated its work-to-rule strike action because the terms it was offered by the Liberal government and the OPSBA in early September are inadequate and ignore elementary school issues.
OPSBA and the government refused to continue discussions after seven lengthy days of bargaining.
Teacher and occasional teacher (OT) members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will begin a phase 2 work-to-rule strike action on the first work day of the 2015-2016 school year.
OSSTF/FEESO is pleased to report that a tentative agreement has been reached at the Teacher/Occasional Teacher central bargaining table with the Government of Ontario and the OPSBA.