Education strike action in front of Scott’s office next Tuesday

By Roderick Benns

Local teachers are taking strike action next Tuesday, including in front of the MPP's office.

The Advocate has learned that strike action will take place in front of MPP Laurie Scott’s office on Tuesday Jan. 21 beginning at 10:30 am.

The Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers Federation (OSSTF) will stay until 1:30 pm and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) and Elementary Teachers Federation Ontario will remain there longer.

Colin Matthew, president of OSSTF, District 15, says “all are welcome” to walk with educators against the cuts proposed by the Ontario Conservative government.

ETFO has proposed smaller classes; more resources for students with special needs; protection of the Kindergarten program; reduction of violent incidents; and fair compensation for educators, particularly occasional teachers, early childhood educators, professional support personnel and education support personnel.

Among the top concerns for high school teachers are increased class sizes, frozen wages, and the forced online learning courses which they say won’t work given inequities in internet service.

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board reminds parents there is financial support available for eligible children “for each day of school that is missed due to labour disruption.”

Parents and guardians of TLDSB students are asked to visit the Ministry of Education website at or the dedicated Support for Parents Helpline at 888-444-3770.

The school board says parents will receive communication on Monday if a provincial agreement is not reached and the one-day strike is going to proceed.

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