A mother and father’ information to strikes and job actions in Ottawa colleges this week


When elementary faculty academics on the Ottawa-Carleton District College Board ramp up their job motion Monday, they received’t supervise area journeys and can cease teaching sports activities groups, conducting bands, supervising golf equipment and taking part in some other extracurricular actions that happen earlier than or after faculty.

Within the metropolis’s English Catholic colleges, academics start withdrawing companies the identical day, declining to manage standardized assessments or write feedback on report playing cards.

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Wednesday, Ottawa colleges at three of the town’s 4 boards will shut if workers go forward with a deliberate strike.

The fallout from the pitched battle between the provincial authorities and training unions will begin to be felt extra keenly by Ottawa college students and oldsters this week as job actions escalate.

And that is simply be the start until there’s a breakthrough in deadlocked contract negotiations.

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The union for English public elementary academics warns it would start rotating strikes throughout the province on Jan. 20.

Academics at French-language colleges seem set to withdraw some companies on Thursday. If that goes forward, all 4 training unions now bargaining on behalf of about 200,000 workers within the province’s colleges could be engaged in job actions.

The unions say they won’t again down from what they characterize as a struggle to save lots of public training from a authorities intent on rising class sizes, introducing obligatory on-line programs in excessive colleges and eroding help for high-needs college students.

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Additionally they need a pay increase equal to the price of residing, which Training Minister Stephen Lecce insists is the sticking level in disputes he says are marked by irresponsible union escalation. He likes to flip round a phrase usually utilized by his critics — “training cuts damage youngsters” — to say that “strikes damage youngsters.”


Harvey Bischof, president of Ontario Secondary College Instructor’s Federation.

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Each Lecce and union leaders say they’re annoyed.

Sam Hammond, the president of the Elementary Academics’ Federation of Ontario, says his 83,000 members have little selection however to escalate job actions as a result of the federal government over months of bargaining has refused to interact in any actual dialog about points akin to the necessity for extra special-education academics and violence within the classroom.

Harvey Bischof, the president of the union representing English public highschool academics and a few help employees throughout all boards, has provided to name off the one-day strikes if the federal government agrees to revive class sizes and staffing ranges to what they had been in 2018-19.

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Lecce says the federal government has been affordable, scaling again class measurement will increase and lowering the variety of obligatory on-line programs.

He says he’s combating to “maintain youngsters at school.


Training Minister Stephen Lecce

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“It’s most regarding that instructor unions leaders disagree and proceed to impede studying for the following technology,” he stated in an announcement.

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Either side are additionally ramping up their campaigns for public help. The 4 training unions took out a full-page advert within the Toronto Star on Saturday, saying proposed modifications by the Doug Ford authorities are having a “profoundly damaging affect on Ontario’s world-class training system.”


Sam Hammond, the president of the Elementary Academics’ Federation of Ontario.

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Lecce launched an announcement Saturday saying “college students throughout the province are being damage by union-led escalation.”

“Mother and father and college students have been the sort of job motion each few years for many years,” he stated. “That’s the reason we’re calling on the academics’ unions to stop escalation, cease enjoying with college students’ futures, and deal with reaching a deal that retains our college students within the classroom the place they belong.”

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Here’s a rundown of the labour panorama in Ottawa’s colleges, and what job actions to count on if there isn’t a progress in contract negotiations.

English public excessive colleges

Board: Ottawa-Carleton District College Board

Union: Ontario Secondary College Academics’ Federation

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Job actions: Academics and help employees plan a one-day strike on Wednesday. All colleges would shut.

OSSTF members can even proceed a partial withdrawal of companies that features not placing feedback on report playing cards or taking part in EQAO, the provincewide standardized assessments. Report playing cards are scheduled to exit in February. The Grade 9 EQAO math testing that was scheduled to start out Monday on the board has been postponed.

English public elementary colleges

Board: Ottawa-Carleton District College Board

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Union: Elementary Academics’ Federation of Ontario, Ontario Secondary College Academics’ Federation (representing help employees)

Job actions: The one-day strike by OSSTF deliberate for Wednesday would shut all elementary colleges.

The elementary academics’ union says rotating strikes will begin Jan. 20 if no progress is made in bargaining. No particulars have been offered in regards to the period of the strikes or which areas of the province could be hit and when.

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Since November, academics have withdrawn companies in an escalating job motion. On Monday, they cease taking part in area journeys or extracurricular actions held earlier than or after faculty. Particular person colleges will notify mother and father of any modifications, says the board.

Academics won’t arrive sooner than 30 minutes earlier than faculty begins and can depart inside 15 minutes of college ending.

They received’t plan or take part in any assemblies, besides to oversee kids.

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Earlier service withdrawals introduced in November and December proceed, together with not offering feedback on report playing cards or compiling them. Report playing cards are scheduled to be despatched out in February. Academics received’t gather cash for non-charitable occasions, distribute memos from the college or faculty board, or take part in EQAO testing, which is scheduled for Might 19 to June 1.

English Catholic colleges 

Board: Ottawa Catholic College Board

Union: Ontario English Catholic Academics’ Affiliation

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Job motion: Academics plan to start out withdrawing some administrative companies on Monday, together with getting ready report playing cards and taking part in EQAO testing. Report playing cards are issued for elementary college students on the finish of January and for secondary college students within the first week of February. The Grade 9 EQAO testing scheduled to start Jan. 13 has been postponed.

French-language public and Catholic colleges

Boards: The Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario and the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Unions: l’Affiliation des enseignantes et enseignants franco-ontariens; Ontario Secondary College Academics’ Federation (help employees)

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Job actions: If OSSTF strikes on Wednesday, all Ottawa colleges in each boards will shut.

On the French Catholic board, colleges in Carleton Place, Merrickville, Kemptville and Brockville can even shut that day.

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On the French public board, colleges in Kemptville and cities in Jap Ontario can even shut.

The union representing academics at each boards has given discover that members will withdraw some companies in a “work to rule” beginning Thursday, in keeping with a spokesperson for Training Minister Lecce.

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No particulars have been offered by the union, which plans a information convention on Tuesday.

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