Work-to-rule campaigns underway for Ontario elementary and high school teachers

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"What we'll be doing is information pickets and the goal of those is not to interrupt school or delay anyone", Glen Hodgson, local president told BayToday.

"I really hope we make significant progress, but I will also say our patience is pretty limited, the government has already imposed unilateral cuts on the system, students are suffering from those cuts".

Teachers will be skipping more than staff meetings, they won't fully fill out report cards and they won't do anything for the standardized tests mandated by the province - both of which are parts of their job.

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board says all classroom activities, extracurricular programs and extended day programs will continue as scheduled.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation is pushing back against the increased class sizes resulting in less courses offered to local students along with mandatory e-learning.

There may be information picket lines or walk-ins at school sites and administration buildings during labour action.

Similarly, the withdrawal of services by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario - it represents 83,000 teachers, occasional teachers, and education professionals in public grade schools - will also be largely administrative. Both unions are expected to meet with government negotiators at least two more times this week.

Pickets will then be held in various communities each day until next Tuesday, Raddin said.

Education Minister Steven Lecce calls the move disappointing.

As part of the work-to-rule campaign, school support workers, including custodians, clerical staff, educational assistants, librarians, food service workers and early childhood educators, will stop working overtime and performing extra duties as part of their job action.

The union says it has tabled these issues at central contract talks since June, but "the government has provided nothing but evasive non-answers", according to ETFO president Sam Hammond.

This morning in Brampton, @ETFOPeel members are rallying outside our worksite and beginning Work To Rule strike action in defence of our students and public education.

The government is currently in negotiations with four teachers' unions, as well as several education workers' groups, after reaching a now-ratified deal with CUPE last month.

More than 400 Ontario Secondary School Teachers in Sault Ste.

After months of hard negotiations between teachers' unions and the province, English language public school teachers have begun work-to-rule.

"This escalation to a partial withdrawal of services, including targeting math supports and report cards, hurts our children the most".

"This government has been trying to pick a fight with unions since Day One", NDP Education Critic Marit Stiles has said.

An issue for secondary and elementary teachers is also the provincial government's insistence on a 1% cap on salary and benefit increases, Lecce has said.

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