By Rosalind Russell – The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario has announced that its teacher and occasional teacher members voted 95 per cent in favour of central strike action.
President Karen Brown says it sends a clear message to the government – adding members have been working for over a year without a contract and their patience has run out.
Brown says the mandate does not mean members will be engaging in work-to-rule strike action or heading to picket lines at this time and negotiations will continue.
In a province-wide vote conducted on October 18 and 19, Catholic teachers – the members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association – also delivered an overwhelming strike mandate, with 97 per cent voting in favour of authorizing strike action, if necessary.
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation is the only one of the four main teachers’ unions that agreed to the province’s offer.