Elementary Teachers Threatened with Fines While High School Teachers Ramp Up Job Action
Should those one-day strikes take place in the province's elementary schools, all teachers are expected to take part, or else.
The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario outlines that any members who refuse to participate, will face fines of up to $500 per day as well as be "named and shamed." That's reportedly written in the 'provincial takeover bulletin' sent to teachers.
In the Sun, there's an excerpt of the bulletin stating, “Members found to be in violation … shall be subject to a range of sanctions that may include but is not limited to, publication of name in a federation publication, suspension of the right to hold office in the federation and suspension of federation services except those required by law.”
The union has said it would give parents 72-hour notices before teachers walk off the job. Already, teachers are not taking part in parent interviews or extracurricular activities.
Meantime, The union representing public high school teachers in Ontario is ramping up its job action. Instead of simply allowing individual teachers decide if they want to participate in extra-curriculars and whether to help students before and after the school day with their subjects, the OSSTF says that starting Monday, all extracurriculars will be boycotted, province-wide.
Education Minister Laurel Broten insists she will use the powers under Bill 115 to stop any strike action.
In the coming days, high school teachers will be voting on whether they would support some sort of political protest, but that would happen only in the event that the government blocks any strike action from them. We'll hear the results of that vote during the week of December 17.
(files by M. Rosa and D. Agar)