Several rounds of strikes set for Ontario schools

The Canadian Press

TORONTO–Schools across Ontario will see several rounds of strikes this week, in the elementary, secondary and French systems, as teachers try to put pressure on the government during contract talks.
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario is holding a provincewide strike on Tuesday, and all other boards will be targeted a second day during the week as well. Rainy River District School Board will be on strike Friday, Feb. 14.
The Rainy River District School Board has also announced that report cards will not be issued as scheduled, Feb. 19. Due to job action, teachers submitted letter grades, but no comments. Officials feel that report cards without comments are too lacking in context to issue to parents.
Today, elementary teachers are on strike at the Avon Maitland, Durham, Halton, Hastings-Prince Edward, Lambton Kent, Rainbow, Thames Valley, Upper Canada and Upper Grand school boards and the Campbell Children’s School Authority.
The Ontario Elementary Catholic Teachers’ Association has announced an escalation of job action this week. Teachers will only perform regular, scheduled teaching and supervision duties. Extra curricular activities and scheduled parent teacher conferences will remain unchanged.
The union representing French teachers has announced it will be starting weekly, province-wide strikes starting Thursday.
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, which has been holding rotating strikes since last year, will strike Thursday at the Algoma, Huron-Superior Catholic, Superior-Greenstone, Greater Essex County, Avon Maitland, Peel, Niagara, Limestone and Renfrew County school boards.
All four major teachers’ unions, including Catholic teachers, are engaging in strikes as little progress appears to have been made in bargaining over the past several months.