High school teachers, staff to begin job action on Nov. 26

WELLINGTON COUNTY – High school teachers and support staff are set to begin job action on Nov. 26.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced on Nov. 21 that it would be beginning its first province-wide job action in 20 years.

The union represents teachers; student support personnel/early childhood educators; occasional teachers; office, clerical and technical staff; and professional services personnel in the Upper Grand District School Board.

In the Wellington Catholic District School board, OSSTF represents educational support staff and office, clerical and technical workers.

The job action will include information pickets before or after school or during lunch periods to share information about “the Ford government’s destructive plans … and the negative effect those plans will have on the learning environment for students,” states an OSSTF press release.

The job action is not intended to disrupt the regular school day or impact student learning, officials say.

Other duties OSSTF members will not participate in include:

– EQAO preparation or testing;

– completion/submission of ministry data reports;

– school board professional activities;

– unpaid staff meetings outside the regular school day; and

– comments on report cards.

OSSTF will begin job action the same day as the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has voted 97.1 per cent in favour of strike action; however, a date is not yet set.