OSSTF to walk out in Windsor -Essex Thursday

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The union representing Ontario’s public high school teachers is preparing for another Windsor-Essex walkout.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced Friday that a rotating one-day strike would take place next Thursday, February 13. Included in this round of walkouts are OSSTF members with the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB), along with members at Windsor French public schools L’Envolee, Louise-Charron, and Lamothe Cadillac.

OSSTF President Harvey Bischof said the union is more than happy to drop the job action if the provincial government agreed to place class sizes and staffing levels at the point they were at during the 2018-2019 school year.

“We continue to take an approach designed to raise awareness of the issues while causing minimum disruption to learning,” said Bischof. “Sadly, our measured approach stands in stark contrast to the almost-daily stream of inflammatory statements and disinformation from the Minister of Education.”

The OSSTF is the third provincial educators’ union taking strike action in Windsor-Essex next week. The AEFO, which represents French-language educators, will strike province-wide on Thursday. The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), representing English public elementary teachers, will hold a province-wide strike on Tuesday and a local strike on Wednesday.