Teachers Union Holds Information Rally in Essex

No cuts to education.

That was the message at an information rally hosted in front of Essex MPP Taras Natyshak's office on Thursday.

The rally was put on by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation District 9.

"There's concern from parents, there's concern from our members and the community at large," says District 9 President Erin Roy.

She says cuts to education will hurt students, teachers and support staff.

"There's lots of consultations going on, there's lots of rumours being floated around but I can say from usual circumstances, the boards, the unions we typically have more information moving into a school year and we don't and that's concerning," says Roy.

Roy is encouraging her members and the general public to rally together.

"I don't think that this is what the government ran on, cutting services in education," says Roy.  "I'm hoping that even the people that did vote for Doug Ford that they recognize that and we'll push back because this isn't what anybody wanted or wants for the future."

OSSTF District 9 represents more than 1500 employees.

Essex MPP Taras Natyshak was not at the rally but issued a statement.

He said he's personally committed to working with the union to stop cuts to education and to force the Ford government to respect educators and support staff in our schools.

Natyshak also said he's encouraged and inspired to know that OSSTF members are out across the province demonstrating against the cuts and chaos in the education sector being imposed by the Ford government.