School support staff are set to begin a work-to-rule campaign on Thursday.
More than 55,000 employees, including early childhood educators, educational assistants, office administrators and custodians, will not be working through their lunches, taking work home or attending unpaid meetings.
The Canadian Union of Public of Employees has said the job action could escalate, and they’re not ruling out a province-wide strike, but talks are planned between the union and the Ontario government.
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation has reached a tentative agreement with the province, as have members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association. According to the Globe and Mail, the deal for both groups includes a 2.5 per cent raise.
However, talks are still ongoing with the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario and the Francophone teachers union. The contracts for all Ontario teachers expired last August.