January 15/2020 – One Day Strike Action will impact Kenora Schools

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KENORA – Parents in Kenora will have to make plans for their students on January 15, 2020.

  • Keewatin-Patricia District School Board are impacted.

All KPDSB schools (elementary and secondary) will be closed to students tomorrow (Wednesday, January 15, 2020) due to a one-day full withdrawal of services by OSSTF members. Bus service to KPDSB schools will be cancelled for the day. Schools will open to students and bus service will resume on Thursday.

School buses will run tomorrow for students of the Northwest Catholic District School Board, Kenora Catholic District School Board, and Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales.

Please visit www.nwobus.ca for further information and updates regarding bus service.

On Wednesday, January 15, teachers and education workers represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) in certain school boards will take part in another one-day, full withdrawal of services in selected locations across Ontario.

On the same day, OSSTF/FEESO members in other school boards will hold information pickets in front of schools, at MPPs’ offices, and in other locations throughout the entire province.

A limited withdrawal of services, which began on November 26, 2019, will continue province-wide.

“The Minister of Education continues to peddle the false narrative that this dispute is about compensation,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof. “And yet, when we offered to call off our most recent job action in exchange for class size and staffing guarantees—issues entirely unrelated to compensation—the Ford government chose to reject that offer rather than keep students in classrooms.”

Bischof emphasized that OSSTF/FEESO is extending that same offer with regard to next Wednesday’s job actions. “If the government agrees to return to, and maintain, the class size ratios and staffing levels that were in place just a year ago, we will call off our January 15 job action, and continue to bargain in good faith to resolve the many other outstanding issues,” he said.

“It’s time for the Minister to stop playing politics with our students’ education,” continued Bischof. “It’s time for him to recognize that agreements are reached through focused discussion at the bargaining table, not through hyperbolic claims at press conferences.”

“It’s time for the Ford government to come to the table with meaningful responses to our proposals so that we can work toward a deal that protects the quality of education in Ontario,” concluded Bischof.

Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement in response to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announcement of another one-day strike:

“For the fifth time, OSSTF union leaders have directed their members to not show up to class. These union leaders will forcefully advocate for the interests of their members – from higher wages to enhanced entitlements – however, they ought not oppose the academic aspirations of our students.

Students should be in class. It is most concerning that teacher unions’ leaders disagree and continue to impede learning for the next generation. Our government is focused on landing deals that keep students in class so that we end the frustrating experience families face due to predictable union escalation.

This continued strike action is unfair to students and their families.”

All OSSTF/FEESO members employed by the following school boards will be engaged in the full withdrawal of services:

  • Keewatin-Patricia District School Board
  • District School Board Ontario North East
  • Moose Factory Island District Area School Board
  • James Bay Lowlands Secondary School Board
  • Rainbow District School Board
  • Bluewater District School Board
  • Upper Grand District School Board
  • Wellington Catholic District School Board
  • Durham District School Board
  • Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
  • Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Upper Canada District School Board
  • Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Grandes Rivières
  • Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien
  • Provincial Schools Authority

Those members employed by the Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario at the following worksites will be engaged in the full withdrawal of services:

  • École publique Camille-Perron (Markstay-Warren)
  • École publique de la Découverte (Val Caron)
  • École publique Foyer-Jeunesse (Hanmer)
  • École publique Franco-Nord (Azilda)
  • École publique Hélène-Gravel (Sudbury)
  • École publique Jean-Éthier-Blais (Sudbury)
  • École publique Jeanne-Sauvé (Sudbury)
  • École publique Pavillon-de-l’Avenir (Chelmsford)
  • École publique de Noëlville (Noëlville)
  • École Cap sur l’Avenir (Sudbury)
  • École secondaire Hanmer (Hanmer)
  • École secondaire Macdonald-Cartier (Sudbury)
  • École secondaire de la Rivière-des-Français (Noëlville)
  • Board office—Conseil scolaire du Grand-Nord de l’Ontario

Those members employed by the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario at the following worksites will be engaged in the full withdrawal of services:

  • École Ste-Marie (Azilda)
  • École Alliance St-Joseph (Chelmsford)
  • École Notre-Dame de la Merci (Coniston)
  • École St-Étienne (Dowling)
  • École Saint-Joseph (Espanola)
  • École St-Augustin (Garson)
  • École Notre-Dame (Hanmer)
  • École St-Joseph (Hanmer)
  • École St-Paul (Lively)
  • École St-Antoine (Noëlville)
  • École St-Charles Borromée (St-Charles)
  • École Félix-Ricard (Sudbury)
  • École St-Denis (Sudbury)
  • École St-Dominique (Sudbury)
  • École St-Joseph Sudbury
  • École St-Pierre (Sudbury)
  • École Jean-Paul II (Val Caron)
  • École Ste-Thérèse (Val Thérèse)
  • École St-Thomas (Warren)
  • École secondaire catholique Champlain (Chelmsford)
  • École secondaire catholique Franco-Ouest (Espanola)
  • Collège Notre-Dame (Sudbury)
  • École secondaire du Sacré-Cœur (Sudbury)
  • École secondaire catholique l’Horizon (Val Caron)
  • Carrefour Options+ (Sudbury)

Those members employed by the Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir at the following worksites will be engaged in the full withdrawal of services:

  • École secondaire catholique Saint-Charles-Garnier
  • École élémentaire catholique Corpus-Christi
  • École élémentaire catholique Jean-Paul II
  • École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame-de-la-Jeunesse (Durham)
  • École secondaire Académie catholique Mère-Teresa
  • École élémentaire catholique Monseigneur-de-Laval
  • École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame (Hamilton)
  • Point de service Ryan Paquette
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-René-Goupil
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-René-Goupil – Programme avant et après école
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Philippe
  • Garderie Centre copains-copines

Those members employed by the Conseil scolaire Viamonde at the following worksites will be engaged in the full withdrawal of services:

  • École secondaire Ronald-Marion
  • École élémentaire Antonine-Maillet
  • École secondaire Georges-P.-Vanier
  • École élémentaire Renaissance
  • École élémentaire Pavillon de la jeunesse
  • École élémentaire des Quatre-Rivières

Those members employed by the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario at the following worksites will be engaged in the full withdrawal of services:

  • École élémentaire publique Carrefour Jeunesse (Rockland)
  • École élémentaire publique Charlotte-Lemieux (Ottawa)
  • École élémentaire publique De la Rivière Castor (Embrun)
  • École élémentaire publique des Sentiers (Orléans)
  • École élémentaire publique Francojeunesse (Ottawa)
  • École élémentaire publique Gabrielle-Roy (Ottawa)
  • École élémentaire publique Julie-Payette (Kanata)
  • École élémentaire publique Le Prélude (Orléans)
  • École élémentaire publique Le Trillium (Ottawa)
  • École élémentaire publique Marie-Curie (Ottawa)
  • École élémentaire publique Michaëlle-Jean (Nepean)
  • École élémentaire publique Nouvel Horizon (Hawkesbury)
  • École élémentaire publique Rose des Vents (Cornwall)
  • École élémentaire publique Séraphin-Marion (Ottawa)
  • École secondaire publique Omer-Deslauriers (Ottawa)
  • École secondaire publique De la Salle (Ottawa)
  • École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde (Orléans)
  • École secondaire publique Louis-Riel (Gloucester)
  • École secondaire publique L’Alternative (Ottawa)
  • École publique Le Transit (Ottawa)
  • École des adultes Le Carrefour (Ottawa)
  • École secondaire publique Le Sommet (Hawkesbury)
  • École élémentaire et secondaire publique l’Académie de la Seigneurie (Casselman)
  • Centre d’éducation et de formation de l’Est ontarien (CEFEO) (Ottawa)
  • École secondaire publique L’Héritage (Cornwall)

Those members employed by the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est at the following worksites will be engaged in the full withdrawal of services:

  • Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel
  • Académie catholique Notre-Dame
  • Centre éducatif – Conseil (Ottawa)
  • Centre professionnel et technique Minto
  • Collège catholique Mer Bleue
  • Collège catholique Samuel-Genest
  • École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame-des-Champs
  • École élémentaire catholique d’enseignement personnalisé Édouard-Bond
  • École élémentaire catholique La Source, enseignement personnalisé
  • École élémentaire catholique Lamoureux, enseignement personnalisé
  • École élémentaire catholique des Pionniers
  • École élémentaire catholique Montfort
  • École élémentaire catholique Alain-Fortin
  • École élémentaire catholique Arc-en-ciel
  • École élémentaire catholique Au Cœur d’Ottawa
  • École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître
  • École élémentaire catholique des Pins
  • École élémentaire catholique des Voyageurs
  • École élémentaire catholique Élisabeth-Bruyère
  • École élémentaire catholique Georges-Étienne-Cartier
  • École élémentaire catholique Jean-Robert-Gauthier
  • École élémentaire catholique -L.-Couroux
  • École élémentaire catholique La Vérendrye
  • École élémentaire catholique Laurier-Carrière
  • École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau
  • École élémentaire catholique Notre-Place
  • École élémentaire catholique Reine-des-Bois
  • École élémentaire catholique Roger-Saint-Denis
  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne
  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Bernadette
  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Geneviève
  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Kateri
  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys
  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marie
  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Thérèse-d’Avila
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-François-d’Assise
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Guillaume
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Paul II
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph-d’Orléans
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Rémi
  • École élémentaire catholique Terre-des-Jeunes
  • École élémentaire catholique de la Découverte
  • École élémentaire catholique Pierre-Eliott-Trudeau
  • École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité
  • École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges
  • École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais
  • École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard
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