What you should know about today's education strikes

Certain eastern Ontario schools are closing Friday for this week's rotating strikes.

Some Ottawa-area schools closing Friday

An education worker picket line in Hawkesbury, Ont., Feb. 21, 2020, the day all four major education unions in Ontario walked out. (Denis Babin/Radio-Canada)

The highlights:

  • No strikes Monday to Thursday.
  • Schools under five local school boards including the OCDSB are affected Friday.

Rotating education union strikes will close some local schools on Friday.

Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) members are striking that day in certain boards, including French boards.

Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) cancelled a strike planned for Thursday because of winter storm warnings. The strike would have closed all French schools in the area but schools will now remain open that day.

The other two major education unions, ETFO and OECTA, do not have any strikes planned this week.

English Catholic teachers and the AEFO are actively bargaining with the province.

The English Catholic union OECTA called off this week's rotating strikes because of the talks.

The ETFO last met with the province on Jan. 31, while the OSSTF hasn't been at the table with the province since mid-December.

On Monday, the ETFO announced its members won't spend their own money on classroom resources and its permanent members won't fill in for an absent member, though its occasional members will still accept offers to fill in.

Its leadership said it's eyeing more strikes the week of March 9 if there's no contract by the Friday before.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce has been signalling flexibility on class sizes,one of the most contentious issues in ongoing negotiations, particularly for secondary teachers.

He has said he would rather make further moves on class sizes than on compensation for teachers.

All the teachers' unions are asking for around two per cent in annual salary increases, while the government won't budge beyond its offer of one per cent.

Monday Feb. 24 to Thursday Feb. 27

No schools are affected by strikes.

Someone in a gorilla suit walks along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa during a provincewide walkout by eduation workers on Feb. 21, 2020. (Francis Ferland/CBC)

Friday, Feb. 28

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

All schools will be closed.

There won't be any extended day programs, community use or extracurriculars at this board that day.

Upper Canada District School Board

All secondary schools will be closed and there wouldn't be any extracurriculars for these students.

Classes and activities would be normal for students in kindergarten to Grade 8.

An Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) picket in Rockland, Ont., on Feb. 13, 2020. (Lorian Bélanger/Radio-Canada)

Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l'Est ontarien

All schools would be closed.

Daycares in this board's schools would stay open and so would before- and after-school programs except for those from three providers: the Jardin des câlins, the Centre Culturel Les trois p'tits points and the Municipality of Russell.

Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario

Most schools are affected, check here for the full list.

Chld-care services are cancelled at the approximately 40 schools affected.

Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Most schools are closed. Check here for the full list.

Daycares for preschool children at its approximately 50 schools will not be affected, except at Académie catholique Notre-Dame because its staff belong to the OSSTF.

Child care for school-age kids is up to the community partners that run it.

All Centres ON y va are closed except at Écoles élémentaire catholique Jean-Robert-Gauthier, Des Voyageurs and École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges.


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