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OSSTF/FEESO to hold one-day walkout in selected locations on January 15, 2020

TORONTO, ON January 10, 2020 — On Wednesday, January 15, teachers and education workers represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) in certain school boards (see attached fact sheet) will take part in another one-day, full withdrawal of services in selected locations across Ontario.

On the same day, OSSTF/FEESO members in other school boards will hold information pickets in front of schools, at MPPs’ offices, and in other locations throughout the entire province.

A limited withdrawal of services, which began on November 26, 2019, will continue province-wide.

“The Minister of Education continues to peddle the false narrative that this dispute is about compensation,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof. “And yet, when we offered to call off our most recent job action in exchange for class size and staffing guarantees—issues entirely unrelated to compensation—the Ford government chose to reject that offer rather than keep students in classrooms.”

Bischof emphasized that OSSTF/FEESO is extending that same offer with regard to next Wednesday’s job actions. “If the government agrees to return to, and maintain, the class size ratios and staffing levels that were in place just a year ago, we will call off our January 15 job action, and continue to bargain in good faith to resolve the many other outstanding issues,” he said.

“It’s time for the Minister to stop playing politics with our students’ education,” continued Bischof. “It’s time for him to recognize that agreements are reached through focused discussion at the bargaining table, not through hyperbolic claims at press conferences.”

“It’s time for the Ford government to come to the table with meaningful responses to our proposals so that we can work toward a deal that protects the quality of education in Ontario,” concluded Bischof.

 

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.

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Harvey Bischof, President

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation

Phone: 416-751-8300

Toll Free: 1-800-267-7867

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