The prospect of strike action by tens of thousands of teachers this fall looms as no contract negotiations are scheduled and talks are at am impasse.
The Ontario Public School Board Association which negotiates on behalf of the government says it is willing to return to the bargaining table but that the unions are unwilling.
Several unions are threatening strike action come September and association president Michael Barrett has been quoted as saying he is not surprised to see the September start of classes become a bargaining tool in the negotiations.
Meanwhile, teachers with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) say they will be in a legal strike position as of Monday, July 20th, saying they won’t be doing any extra curricular activities. The action means any athletic programs that start in August will be affected.
Teachers with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association will be notified next month as to what form the job action will take.
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario began a work to rule campaign in May, while talks with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation broke off in May but more talks could be scheduled for August as the group have applied for conciliation.