WC schools may be closed two days next week as job action escalates

WEST CARLETON – Parents may need to plan for two days during next week’s Ontario teachers’ job action.

Escalating job action by Ontario’s public elementary teachers will see Ottawa-area public school students out of classes for two consecutive days next week. The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has been staging rotating, one-day strikes at boards across the province this week and last week.

The union says if no deal is reached by the end of January, its job action will escalate to include more boards per day in rotating strikes next week.

ETFO members plan to target the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Upper Canada District School Board on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

On Thursday, Feb. 6, the elementary teachers are also preparing for a one-day strike across the province. All four teachers’ unions are engaged in some form of job action, from work-to-rule campaigns to rotating strikes. They have been without contracts since Aug. 31, and issues include class size increases, mandatory e-learning and compensation.