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Toronto, York Region public elementary teachers to take part in 1-day strike Monday

Last Updated Jan 15, 2020 at 9:23 am EDT

The Toronto District School Board building is seen in a photo posted on June 23, 2017. HANDOUT/Twitter

Public elementary schools in the Toronto District School Board and the York Region District School Board will be hit by one-day walkouts on Monday, unless a deal can be reached between the province and the union by Friday.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) said Wednesday that the walkout will also affect the Carleton District School Board.

“Unless the government makes an immediate effort to engage in serious talks, we will have no option but to further escalate our strike action,” ETFO President Sam Hammond said in a release.

“As of today, Minister Lecce has established no dates for contract talks.”

Last week, ETFO said that “if the government refuses to address critical issues” by Friday, its members will start a full withdrawal of services on a rotating basis the following Monday.

The rotating strikes will include teachers, occasional teachers, designated early childhood educators, professional support personnel and education support personnel.

All of the major teachers’ unions in the province are now engaged in job actions.

The province’s French-language teachers’ union said its members will begin a work-to-rule campaign on Thursday, targeting administrative duties in what it’s calling Phase 1 of its job action.

The union representing high school teachers is taking part Wednesday in another one-day strike at some boards, including the Durham District School Board.

Catholic teachers have announced that it will hold a province-wide walkout next Tuesday.

The Ontario government is calling on all the unions to stop escalating job actions, while the teachers say they need to stand up against what they describe as cuts to the education system.