Extracurricular activities will not resume according to union
We're heading into day three of the 2013 school year, and apparently some teachers have been suggesting to students that the teacher boycott of extra-curriculars would soon be coming to an end.
High school students are going to be disappointed though because the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation has taken the unusual step of telling teachers that they must enforce the boycott which, until now, has been voluntary.
In bold letters, on the union's website, it states their position, as outlined in the Strategic Action Plan, has always been that taking part in extracurriculars was voluntary, however, "phase two of OSSTF/FEESO’s Strategic Action Plan shared with members on December 3, made it clear that if the Minister through Bill 115 orders that the contractual or Education Act requirements be fulfilled (i.e, legal strike is ended), voluntary or extracurricular activities WILL NOT resume."
Recently, Premier Dalton McGuinty had requested that teachers return to leading teams and clubs since they aren't in a legal strike position.
The memo goes on to read, "Good will, trust and respect are the foundation of a strong education system. OSSTF/FEESO members and leaders have repeatedly told the Minister and her government that they cannot legislate or impose goodwill. Good will is earned and can only be achieved through collaborative, respectful working relationships. That message has been ignored. The Minister of Education and her government have damaged the good will, broken the trust and undermined the respect."