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Local secondary schools to close Wednesday if no deal reached between province and teachers union

KAWARTHA LAKES-Trillium Lakelands District School Board says all local public secondary schools will be closed on Wednesday if one-day province wide strike goes ahead.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced on November 28, 2019 that their members will participate in a one-day, province wide strike (full withdrawal of services) on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 if a new agreement with the province is not reached by then.

“This would be a one-day strike for all secondary school and Adult and Alternate Education Centres (AAEC) teachers and PSSP workers in Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB).” the board said in a note to parents on Friday. “Secondary schools and AAEC sites in TLDSB will be closed to students if there is a full day strike on December 4, 2019.”

OSSTF president Harvey Bischof announced last Thursday that the strike will go ahead if a new agreement is not reached before December 4th. Bischoff says the parties are far apart.

Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education claims the government offered to reduce class room sizes from 28 to 25 and reducing online learning courses from four to two but the unions decided to escalate job action.

“This is wrong, and our students deserve better.” he said.

Bischof claims the government is still trying to impose larger class sizes, mandatory e-learning and other measures that would reduce the quality of education in the province.

“The erosion of education is happening now. We can’t wait any longer for this to continue. We have been driven to this action.”

Read more here:https://www.kawartha411.ca/2019/11/29/secondary-teachers-to-hold-one-day-strike-next-wednesday/

Secondary school teachers would return to work on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Elementary schools are not affected by this announcement.

Currently both OSSTF and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) continue job action during the school day, which does not impact students and families according to board officials.

“We hope that a provincial agreement with both ETFO and OSSTF can be reached very soon.” says the board.

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