“The cuts (that Ontario’s Ford government has) imposed and proposed will affect our students not just for one, but for generations and that’s why we’re standing up against it now.” – Shannon Smith, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) District 22 T/OT President
A News Release from Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO), District 22 in Niagara followed by a response from Niagara West MPP and Ontario Ford government representative Sam Oosterhoff
Posted January 8th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
Fonthill, Ontario – Teachers and Education Workers represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) at the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) will participate in a one-day strike on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
This comes after other select school boards across Ontario participated in the same job actions on December 11 & December 18, 2019.
“While we are hopeful that the Government will accept OSSTF/FEESOs offer to return to the bargaining table if staffing levels are returned to the 2018-2019 levels of 22:1, we are preparing to stand up for our students. The cuts they’ve imposed and proposed will affect our students not just for one, but for generations and that’s why we’re standing up against it now.” says Shannon Smith, OSSTF/FEESO District 22 T/OT President.
In response to a continued lack of progress at the bargaining table over the past 5 months, OSSTF/FEESO members have participated in various forms of job action, including information pickets, a provincewide one-day full withdrawal of services, and two one-day walkouts at designated districts/school boards. OSSTF/FEESO will continue to take the necessary steps to stand up for public education as the Ford government’s cuts continue to negatively impact students.
Increased class sizes, mandatory e-learning, and the loss of thousands of teacher and education worker positions continue to be the core unresolved issues at the bargaining table. OSSTF/FEESO remains committed to negotiating solutions that are focused on quality learning environments, student success, and the continued viability of publicly-funded education in Ontario.
All of OSSTF/FEESO’s bargaining proposals, along with those from the management team of the Ford government and school board representatives, can be found at www.bargainingforeducation.ca
OSSTF/FEESO District 22 represents approximately 1,300 teachers and occasional teachers.
A Response to the Secondary School Teachers’ action from MPP and Ontario Ford government Assistant to the Minister of Education Sam Oosterhoff –
Niagara, Ontario – This January 7th, Sam Oosterhoff, (Ontario Conservative government) MPP Niagara West, and Assistant to the Minister of Education issued the following statement in response to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) one-day strike in District School Board of Niagara:
“Even though our government has been consistently reasonable in labour negotiations and has made enhanced offers to unions, union leaders are showing they are ready to actively jeopardize the learning experience of our students. We have made good-faith moves on issues like class sizes and online learning, without any reciprocation from union leadership.
Parents have been clear: union strikes hurt kids. In a world of limited resources, they want government dollars to be put towards student success, not towards increased compensation. I want to assure parents that we will continue to work for the best interests of students and their families.
OSSTF’s escalations are frustrating and unfair to students and their families in Niagara and across Ontario. We are working hard to make sure students stay where they belong: in class, learning for success today and into the future.”
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