Ontario elementary school teachers and some support staff engaging in work-to-rule campaigns could soon see their paycheques docked, Premier Kathleen Wynne says.
Wynne said Friday that unions will receive five days’ notice that the terms of their employment could be changed after Nov. 1 if:
– A new labour deal isn’t in place
– If work-to-rule job actions don’t resume while talks continue.
A group of unions that includes the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and support staff with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), do not yet have contracts. Some have taken job action that includes not performing certain duties, such as filling out report cards or in the case of CUPE, cleaning some areas in school buildings.
Yesterday, the ETFO threatened to step up job action by withdrawing extracurricular activities starting Wednesday. At a news conference Friday, Wynne said the job actions are negatively affecting students and “must stop.”
“Schools are increasingly dirty and activities such as … completion of report cards are not taking place,” said Wynne. “This cannot go on. Our children deserve better.”
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