Ottawa high school teachers take legal strike position

Teachers at Ottawa's English public high schools officially took a legal strike position this morning as they and their Ontario counterparts pull out of extra-curricular activities, according to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

Summer school students already affected by teacher action, but will get report cards, OCDSB says

Teachers at Ottawa's English public high schools officially took a legal strike position this morning as they and their Ontario counterparts pull out of extra-curricular activities, according to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

High school teachers ramped up their job action on Monday as they officially take a legal strike position. (Mike Crawley/CBC)
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) sent the school boards a notice of the job action on Monday, the OCDSB said.

Summer school students were already affected as teachers won't submit marks electronically or provide comments to administrators.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board says it has a plan to enter marks, though. The board also said report cards will be supplied to summer school students enrolled in any of its three sites and for those who take an e-learning course.

The OSSTF could add more sanctions but boards expect those details to wait until Aug. 20 when union president Paul Elliott is scheduled to give a speech.

In Ottawa, the board said it continues to schedule negotiations with the local sector of the OSSTF and plans to meet again in late August and September.

"The parties recognize it will be difficult to achieve local settlements without central agreements being reached by the central parties," the board wrote in a news release.

The teachers and school boards have reportedly been far apart on issues such as class sizes and non-class duties.

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