Public Elementary teachers hit picket lines Monday in Bluewater
Public elementary teachers with the Bluewater District School Board are picketing Monday at eight locations across Grey Bruce - their second one-day strike along with educators at Grand Erie, Halton, Ontario North East, Renfrew County, Superior Greenstone, and Trillium Lakelands school boards.
“It is extremely disappointing that the Ford government is refusing to listen to parents and educators and has instead decided to keep us out of schools and on strike, rather than invest in children and public education,” said Julie Stanley, Bluewater Teacher Local President. “Every day in schools, we see and feel the impact of Ford’s devastating cuts, and we cannot accept this.”
Premier Ford, who attended the Wiarton Willy Festival on Sunday, took the opportunity to once against blast the teachers' unions for the stalemate in negotiations saying he supports front line teachers but not what their union leaders are doing.
The union says it is escalating job action to protect the future of public education.
This action commences Phase Five for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO); every public elementary school board will be on strike twice during the week of February 3.
Bluewater picket lines on Monday will be held at the following locations from 8:30 and 2:30 pm ~
- Chesley Education Centre, 231 4th Ave. SE, Chesley, ON
· East Ridge Community School in Owen Sound, 1550 8th St. E, Owen Sound, ON
· Beaver Valley Community School, 189 Bruce St. S, Thornbury, ON
· Hepworth Centre Public School, 402 Bruce St., Hepworth, ON
· Kincardine District, 885 River Lane, Kincardine, ON
· MacPhail Community Schools, 49 Campbell St., Flesherton, ON
- Saugeen District Secondary School, 780 Gustavus St., Port Elgin, ON
- Walkerton District Secondary School, 1320 Yonge St. S, Walkerton, ON
Bluewater elementary educators in the public school system will also participate in a one-day province-wide strike on Thursday, February 6 if there is no agreement reached which isn't likley since three days of talks broke off on Friday, January 31.
“We recognize that strikes have an impact on families throughout the region, but the stakes for the future of public education are just too high to stand by and do nothing,” added Stanley.
Meanwhile the union representing English Catholic Teachers are preparing for their one day province-wide walk out on Tuesday, February 4th.
That will force the closure of all Catholic schools across Grey Bruce - elementary and secondary.
However École catholique Saint-Dominique-Savio, the French-Catholic school in Owen Sound will not be affected by Tuesday's strike.
The school is under the Conseil scolaire catholique Providence while the teachers are members of Association des enseignantes et des enseignants de l'Ontario (AEFO)
Saint-Dominique Savio will be open on Tuesday.
For more information on that union's strike action go to https://www.aefo.on.ca/fr/quoi-de-neuf/ensemblepournosdroits