Teacher dispute could affect students for a couple of years
The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario says extracurricular activities could be affected for the duration of the contract imposed on teachers by Bill 115, which is two years.
"This is not going to end tomorrow," says ETFO president Sam Hammond. "It's not business as usual."
In the meantime, he says individual teachers are being told to consider backing out of volunteering their time with extracurricular activities.
"And we're prepared to defend them and stand behind them in terms of those individual decisions," Hammond says.
Ken Coran with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation says their teachers are being given a similar option.
"How frustrated are [teachers]? How angry are they? What would they like to do about it?" Coran says of the questions each teacher is being asked to answer themselves. "Members make their own decisions as to how it's going to impact them and the decisions they make."
Hammond and Coran say the dispute will end only when the teachers bill is repealed and teachers are allowed to bargain locally with each school board.