NORTH DURHAM: With the high school teachers strike in Durham Region entering its second week, more job action by teachers may be looming across the province, including local elementary schools.
As of May 10, Ontario’s public elementary school teachers will be in a legal strike position.
“We are hoping on, or prior to, May 10 that we get substantial movement at the table and we won’t have to move in a direction nobody wants to move in,” Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, said in an interview with the Toronto Star, adding that the union has no interest in negotiating concessions and called the provinces current offer on the table “offensive” to his 76,000 members.
An elementary school teachers strike would affect more than 817,000 students across the province.
Last week, members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association gave a strike mandate of 94.2 per cent, although the earliest they would be in a strike position is mid-June.
As well, on Monday, April 27, high school teachers in Sudbury’s Rainbow District School Board joined Durham high school teachers on strike after a break down in labour talks with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation over the weekend.
High School teachers with the Peel District School Board could be the next to walk off the job, as they have set a strike date of May 4.
Meanwhile, Durham’s high school teachers strike continues in its second week, with little progress towards a resolution.
“Unfortunately no change is expected at this time and all DDSB schools remain closed for Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The DDSB continues to work with the conciliator to get talks back on track to reach a mutually agreeable, negotiated local settlement to get our students back into the classroom,” the DDSB said in a statement on their web site posted on Monday, April 27.