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OSSTF/FEESO members deliver strong strike mandate

TORONTO, ON November 18, 2019 — Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) members from across the province have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action should it become necessary in the current round of central bargaining.

OSSTF/FEESO’s education workers voted 92 per cent in favour of strike action, and the Federation’s teacher and occasional teacher members provided a 95.5 per cent strike mandate.

“This is a powerful mandate from our members, and it sends a compelling message,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof. “Our members are committed to defending the quality of education in Ontario against a government that is determined to undermine it, and they are absolutely prepared to defend their ability to provide the best possible learning environment for the students they work with.”

“They are also telling us, quite emphatically, that they are losing patience with a government that refuses to engage in meaningful discussion about major issues that affect the quality of learning in their schools,” continued Bischof. “We gave our notice to bargain almost seven months ago, but we are still waiting for even one meaningful, serious response to our key proposals that address the quality of publicly funded education.”

Although OSSTF/FEESO now has a clear strike mandate from its members, the union has not yet announced that it will be taking job action.

“We are at the bargaining table today and not on the picket line as we could have been. This is a choice we made for this week because we remain committed to looking for solutions through negotiations. I sincerely hope the Ford government seeks the same and isn’t intent on creating additional unnecessary conflict,” Bischof concluded.

 

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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