TVDSB elementary teachers to hold one-day strike Wednesday
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario President Sam Hammond said he is trying to put pressure on the government to return to the bargaining table. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
LONDON, ONT -- The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will begin rotating strikes across the province next week, and London will have its turn on Wednesday.
The union has given the required five days’ notice to the Thames Valley District School Board of the one day strike.
“We have no choice but to commence rotating strikes starting this Monday as our only means of forcing the government to get serious about negotiations and the future of public education,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond in a release.
The move comes as work-to-rule campaigns ramp up for elementary teachers.
Meanwhile French teachers and Catholic teachers have all started work-to-rule campaigns of their own, while high school teachers have been holding rotating strikes since December.
The Ontario government announced a subsidy of up to $60 per day for families affected by the strikes.
Local job action impact
ETFO represents 83,000 teachers and educational workers in the public elementary system - the TVDSB is affected on Wednesday
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) represents 60,000 public high school teachers and educational workers - next job action is on Tuesday with schools in the nearby Grand Erie and Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic boards affected.
Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) represents 45,000 teachers from kindergarten to Grade 12 - their next job action is Tuesday, affecting elementary and secondary schools in the Catholic school system.
Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) represents 10,600 elementary and secondary teachers in Ontario's French school system - it has not announced any upcoming walkouts that would close schools.
- With files from The Canadian Press