Ontario teachers walk off the job

First round of talks under new bargaining rubric break down
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/11/2015

A strike looms large in Ontario as teachers prepare for job action this month.

Since negotiations began in earnest with the provincial government and school board associations last September, teachers have been battling it out at the bargaining table, with little headway made on a new collective agreement.

This week, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) plans to join the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) in rotating strikes, which are already in full swing in Peel and Durham regions. Combined, the two represent more than 130,000 public school teachers, occasional teachers and educational assistants.