The Union representing elementary teachers in the province has confirmed that it is to escalate strike action.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario said that the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and the government have failed to respond to efforts made by the union to resume central table bargaining and so an escalation of it’s current phase three strike action will get underway on Wednesday October 28th.
From that date, ETFO teachers and occasional teacher members will withdraw from all voluntary extracurricular activities.
According to union president Sam Hammond, ”members do not undertake this escalation of strike action lightly, but they understand that reaching a fair and reasonable agreement will not happen unless OPSBA and the government are present at the bargaining table.”
He is calling on them to return to the table and has questioned why both parties have not responded to the union’s efforts to resume bargaining.
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 78,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.
They have been working without a contract since August 2014.