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OSSTF Teachers on one-day strike – what it means for students in the UCDSB

by | Dec 4, 2019 | Local News | 2 comments

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and the Province failed to reach a deal before last night’s midnight deadline, so its members are holding a one day strike at high schools across the province.

Locally it means that high school students in the Upper Canada District School Board will not be going to school today.

The Board released the following information outlining how students and schools will be impacted by the job action today (Wednesday, December 4th, 2019):

  • There will be no classes, planned activities, co-operative education placements, dual-credit programs, or extracurriculars for students in Grades 9 to 12. There will also be no transportation provided for these students.
  • There will be no classes for students in specialized programs in Grades 7-12, known as ABLE, SDP, Transitions or Foundations programs. There will also be no transportation provided for these students.
  • Regular classes for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 WILL proceed as usual, even if students in Grade 7 and Grade 8 are in a secondary school. Transportation for these students remains unaffected.
  • Community use programs and childcare operations that are run in schools will not be impacted.

As part of its statement the Board said, “We want to thank our families for their patience during these uncertain times.”

You can listen to Lake 88 for updates on the situation should they become available.

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  1. Dave Kemp

    Many employed parents and guardians are being forced to lose money and stay at home because of this strike action. Is it true that teachers receive at least $92,000 after 5 years as teachers? The average wage of most people is only $40,000. Why are we being held ransom for people paid by taxpayers?

    • Local teacher who prefers to remain anonymous

      It certainly is NOT true that teachers make $92,000 after 5 years! I don’t make any where near that and I’ve been teaching for 15 years! Also, it has taken 13 years for me to get a full time teaching position. It is a very stressful job, and for years I never knew if I’d have job for the next semester, let alone what I’d be teaching (often subjects/grades I hadn’t taught before – result – hours of planning). Like anything else, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. The government is saying this is all about salaries. Not true! It is about preserving excellence in our public school systems – smaller class sizes taught by teachers, not computers! Ultimately your child will benefit.


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