Threat of teachers' job action weighs on minds of Toronto students
Its been about 6 weeks since several of Ontario's public school teachers unions started job action that shut down sports teams, clubs and other extra-curricular activities at many schools in the province.
On November 7th, a ramp-up in that labour battle will see the job action increased at about 10 school boards and others will do the same over the weeks that follow.
Unions are asking their members to withhold a long list of services, including attending staff meetings, refusal to issue standardized tests and take part in school open houses.
Students at Northern Secondary School (on Mount Pleasant Road, near Eglinton Avenue) realise how lucky they are.
Their football team still takes the field for practise after class and the drama club continues to meet for rehearsals.
Their friends at other schools have had after-school activities cancelled thanks to the ongoing labour battle between Ontario's teachers and the provincial government.
While they say their teachers are committed to keeping those extra-curriculars going, students at Northern are wary that the union's job action could eventually have an impact.
For some, being on a sports team or part of a club is about more than just pursuing interests and making new friends.
There are scholarship programs that require students be involved with extra-curricular activities; which means if a student is not signed up with a team or club, they're out of the running for the money.
In spite of a labour deal between public school teachers and the province looking bleak, students asked by NEWSTALK 1010 do not seem worried that their teams and clubs will be taken away.
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