Report cards won't go out as scheduled amid job action, TDSB says
Earlier, Kathleen Wynne threatened to dock teachers' pay
Report cards will not be issued to elementary school students as scheduled next month, the Toronto District School Board said Friday, due to the ongoing labour strife between the board and the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario.
- Kathleen Wynne threatens to dock teachers' pay if work-to-rule continues
- OSSTF threatens job action if no deal between union, TDSB
Report cards for students in kindergarten to Grade 8 had been scheduled to go out between Nov. 6 and 12.
"Should a tentative agreement be reached with the ETFO, we will revisit the situation," TDSB chair Robin Pilkey and director of education Donna Quan said in a letter to parents issued on Friday.
The union is "hopeful" that collective agreements can be reached with ETFO, as well as the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) "in the very near future," the letter goes on, "and return schools to normal."
The letter warns that ongoing legal job action by some 11,000 elementary teachers and 15,000 CUPE support staff "is having an impact on the normal operations of our schools," noting that parent-teacher interviews will also only occur if a parent has a concern about a child's progress.
The news from the TDSB follows word earlier Friday from Premier Kathleen Wynne that Ontario elementary school teachers and some support staff engaging in work-to-rule campaigns could soon see their paycheques docked.
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, or if work-to-rule job actions continue while talks are going on.