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Monday, February 10, 2020

Teachers' Strikes In Grey Bruce This Week

Grey Bruce | by Matt Hermiz  

Bluewater District School Board elementary schools will close twice, École catholique Saint-Dominique-Savio once.

Another round of job actions by Ontario’s four major teachers’ unions this week will result in more school closures in Grey Bruce.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario has escalated to calculated strikes that ensure every school board in Ontario will be impacted twice Feb. 9-14.

If no new deal is reached with the Ford government, the Bluewater District School Board’s elementary schools will close on Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Thursday, Feb. 13. Tomorrow, all 83,000-plus ETFO members will withdraw services province-wide for one day. Thursday, the Bluewater Board is one of 14 across Ontario being targeted in a ETFO rotating strike.

For this first time since teachers’ unions started job actions in November 2019, Ontario’s French teachers will hold a one-day strike. In fact, AEFO -- Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens -- has announced escalation to walk off the job once a week.

More than 12,000 members will withdraw services province-wide on Thursday. École catholique Saint-Dominique-Savio in Owen Sound will close due to the one-day strike.

AEFO says in a statement the escalation of job action follows recent bargaining meetings with the provincial government that “went nowhere”.

Public high school teachers and education workers in Ontario will hold a one-day walkout in nine boards Thursday. The Bluewater District School Board is not impacted by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation rotating strike that day.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association will not hold any strikes this week. But, its members will ramp up their work-to-rule campaign starting Tuesday. The union says in a statement “OECTA members will only undertake their scheduled teaching and supervision duties” during the regular school day.

The statement says Ontario’s English Catholic school teachers will continue to participate in extra-curricular activities.

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