Thursday, December 6, 2012
Ontario Teachers Engage in Job Action
Elementary teachers across Ontario are preparing to engage in job action in response to Bill 115, which has reduced sick days, introduced wage freezes, and restricted the ability of union members to strike. According to Education Minister Laurel Broten, the government will allow rotating one-day strikes across the province as long as parents are notified 72 hours in advance. However, the government is prepared to block any strike action that goes beyond one day. The first of the one-day strikes are expected to begin on Monday. Secondary school teachers have already stopped supervising extracurricular activities in response to this new legislation. Bill 115 also impacts support staff at Ontario's schools, including library staff.