OECTA responds to statement from Niagara Catholic District Board


The Ontario Elementary Catholic Teachers Association says the Niagara Catholic School Board has chosen to air  "misleading accusations and analysis."

This follows an information update Thursday from the school board on the issues in the dispute with teachers.   

You can read the entire statement from OECTA below:

We appreciate the Niagara Catholic District School Board's need to communicate with parents about collective bargaining, but we are disappointed that they have once again chosen to air misleading accusations and analysis. The March 9, 2017 Information Update to parents and guardians is yet another example of the disrespect shown to Niagara's Catholic elementary teachers throughout the bargaining process.   

It is true that teachers are standing firm on some important matters. With regard to the process for filling vacant teaching positions, for example, we are seeking the same fair, transparent process that exists in many school boards across Ontario. We think most people will agree that this is not too much to ask.  

Although teachers understand that extra-curricular activities are important to some students, we simply cannot volunteer further time to support an employer who does not value our professionalism and dedication. We remain committed to continuing with our core duties of planning lessons, delivering curriculum, and assessing student progress. Removing teachers from the classroom would not be our choice. It would not provide enhanced safety for students - in fact, exactly the opposite - and it is not necessary, given our willingness to continue negotiating. Our decision to undertake work-to-rule job action was a measured response to the school board's reluctance to negotiate a fair agreement. It should go without saying that the school board's lockout will have negative consequences for students and parents.   

Despite these most recent actions and threats from our employer, we remain optimistic that we can reach an agreement.