Toronto, Dec. 05, 2019 - A "no-board" report has been issued with respect to negotiations
between the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA), the Government
of Ontario, and Catholic school board trustees. The release of this report means
Catholic teachers will be in a legal strike position as of December 21.
"As has become abundantly clear this week, Ontarians recognize the Ford government
is not listening to their concerns, or treating publicly funded education with the
respect it deserves," says OECTA President Liz Stuart. "This ‘no-board' should serve
as another wakeup call for Premier Ford and Minister Lecce that it is time to get
their act together. Our Association has two days of bargaining scheduled this week,
and two more next week. We sincerely hope the government's negotiating team will
come to the table with a mandate to abandon the cuts and reach an agreement."
The Association has not made any determinations at this time about possible strike
action. However, OECTA members recently voted 97.1 per cent in favour of taking
strike action if necessary. "As was reaffirmed this week by the OECD, Ontario's
publicly funded education system ranks among the best in the world. Catholic teachers
have been working hard to negotiate an agreement that will keep it that way," says
Stuart. "Unfortunately, while they claim to be bargaining in good faith and making
reasonable offers, the reality is the Ford government continues to focus more on
public posturing than reaching an agreement. Catholic teachers have already filed
a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board about the government's behaviour.
We are prepared to do what it takes to ensure Premier Ford and Minister Lecce respect
the bargaining process, listen to Ontarians, and get serious about supporting publicly
OECTA represents the 45,000 passionate and qualified teachers in Ontario's publicly
funded English Catholic schools, from Kindergarten to Grade 12.