Teachers’ union blames Toronto Islamic high school closure on ‘anti-union animus,’ files labour complaint

The union representing teachers at a popular Toronto Islamic school is taking the school to the Ontario Labour Relations Board after it suddenly shuttered its Grade 9 to 12 offerings only two weeks before the start of the academic year.

The school is required to respond to the labour board Thursday.

Fathima Cader, counsel to the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 175, which represents 35 teachers at the Islamic Foundation School in Scarborough, says it has filed an unfair labour practice complaint under Section 96 of the Ontario Labour Relations Act, as well as an application to have the complaint addressed as soon as possible, with September just around the corner.