As last week’s talks between The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) and representatives of the government and Catholic trustees failed to result in a resolution, OECTA served notice to the Ontario Liberal government and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA).
Today, OECTA is in a legal strike position, and Bishop Belleau Catholic School in Moosonee, part of the Northeastern Catholic District School Board, will be the first school implementing work to rule beginning August 20th, 2015. With this announcement, the teachers at Bishop Belleau CS will not participate in activities that fall outside of their contractual duties. Other schools are expected to follow suit in the coming weeks if a deal is not reached.
“We remain hopeful, but it’s important that parents know there are bigger things at stake in these negotiations,” said OECTA President Ann Hawkins. “We all want to avoid a disruption to the school year, but not at any cost.”
Parents are encouraged to join the thousands of other parents who raise their hands in support of a fair deal for teachers. Because teachers matter. And how they’re treated matters too.