The unions representing Ontario’s teachers are in bargaining with the government of Premier Doug Ford and the province’s school boards.
Here’s the latest on the status of each union’s province-wide contract negotiations, including when each union would be legally allowed to strike.
- The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Teachers Federation (OSSTF) represents 60,000 members, mostly high school teachers in the public school system.
- Status of contract talks: The union requested a conciliator to join the talks in mid-October, but the two sides haven’t appeared to make progress since that time.
- Legal strike position: The union, which already launched a work-to-rule campaign, is holding a one-day strike on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Union leaders haven’t ruled out further job action.
- Latest news: Public high school teachers threaten 1-day, province-wide strike
- The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is the province’s largest education union, representing 83,000 members, mostly elementary teachers in the public school system.
- Status of contract talks: Negotiations are ongoing.
- Legal strike position: ETFO members voted 98 per cent in favour of strike action, and followed that up by launching a work-to-rule campaign that began at the end of November.
- Latest news: Ontario elementary teachers, high school teachers launch work-to-rule campaigns
- The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) represents 45,000 teachers (elementary and secondary) in the publicly funded Catholic school system.
- Status of contract talks: Negotiations are ongoing. Meanwhile, OECTA is awaiting a hearing at the Ontario Labour Relations Board on its complaint the Ford government violated provincial labour law by changing class size provisions while bargaining was under way.
- Legal strike position: So far, union members voted 97 per cent in favour of potential strike action, and followed that up by asking for a conciliator to assist the negotiations on Nov. 18. Now, the union has requested a “no board” report, which once issued, would put the Catholic teachers in a legal strike position in weeks.
- Latest news: Ontario English Catholic teachers move closer to legal strike position
CUPE/OSBCU — Strike averted as of Oct. 6
- CUPE represents 55,000 school support workers, including clerical staff, custodians and educational assistants, through the Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU)
- Status of contract talks: CUPE and the province reached a deal just hours before a potential full-scale strike that would have resulted in many schools across the province shutting down. That deal was ratified on Nov. 4.
- Latest news: CUPE says 79% of Ontario education workers vote in favour of new deal