Toronto, Dec. 04, 2019 - The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) stands in solidarity
with the more than 60,000 members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
(OSSTF) who are taking one-day strike action to defend our province's public education
The OFL encourages students and parents, its 54 affiliated unions, provincial labour
councils, and all labour and community activists to join OSSTF on the picket lines
to send a strong message to the government that they must stop the cuts that hurt
"The government's proposals on class size, staffing, e-learning, and other crucial
issues in education undermine the quality of public education in Ontario. It is
time for the Minister of Education to bargain a fair agreement with Ontario's education
workers, an agreement that will protect our education system, or step aside and
resign," said Ontario Federation of Labour President Patty Coates. "This is a direct
attack on students, families, and the workers who ensure the safety and success
of our kids. The Minister's slash and burn education strategy, has clearly not placed
the best interests of the students of Ontario at its core," said Coates.
Recent reports in the media have confirmed that government consultations on education
showed that parents were overwhelmingly opposed to larger class sizes. Results of
polling done by OSSTF also confirms that 76 per cent of parents said
they were concerned that their children would not get the individual attention they
need if the Conservative plan to squeeze more students into classrooms goes ahead.
The Ontario Federation of Labour stands against the government's ill-advised cuts
to public education that follow years of under-funding by previous governments;
cuts that have resulted in lost services for students and lost jobs for education
Minister of Education Stephen Lecce must heed the calls of parents, education workers,
and students. Ontario's public education system must be a fully-funded system that
makes it possible for every student to get the education they need.
"The Ontario Conservative government is sacrificing the education of Ontario's children
so it can offer billions of dollars in tax relief to big business and the ultra-wealthy,"
The Ontario Federation of Labour represents 54 unions and one million workers in
Ontario. For information, visit
www.OFL.ca and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.