Bill 115 update: Teacher walkout Tuesday, Dec. 18
The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is in a legal strike position. ETFO has sent word that elementary teachers in the TDSB will be staging a walkout Tuesday Dec. 18th in protest of the Ministry of Education’s Bill 115. High schools will not be affected.
What does this mean for me?
If you have a child in elementary school, you will need to make the same arrangements as you would for a PD day. Schools will not be open for students since only office staff, principals, and vice principals will be on duty and there would not be enough supervision for student safety. Buses will not run. ETFO members will be picketing schools from 8:30 to 2:30. Childcare centres in schools may remain open and parents are urged to check with the childcare centre supervisors to see what their plans are. Night classes will go ahead. Elementary schools that have City-run Parks and Recreation programs will not have programs running from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm. For more information, check the news, my Twitter account @PamelaGough, the Board’s Twitter account @TDSB, your school website (schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/johnenglish), and the TDSB’s Labour Relations webpage here.
How will Bill 115 affect my child’s school after next week?
Under Bill 115, the provincial government will be in a position to impose contracts on local federations that have not reached an agreement by December 31st. At the moment, it seems unlikely that the TDSB will reach agreements by the end of the year since active bargaining is not going on. Once contracts are imposed in the New Year, if this happens, it is quite possible that teachers may continue to withhold from voluntary activities, including extra-curriculars. Proms, dances, end of year trips, etc. may not happen unless a way can be found to organize them and carry them out within the school day.
What is Bill 115? How can I find out more?
For a recent overview of the Bill 115 situation, see this clip from a recent broadcast of The Agenda on TVO, featuring TDSB student trustee Hirad Zifari, Globe reporter Adam Radwanski, Annie Kidder of People for Education (our next ward forum speaker, see item 3), and Ontario Public School Boards’ Association president Michael Barrett.
From Ward 6 TDSB Trustee Pamela Gough’s December 14th update.