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Public elementary school teachers start work-to-rule action

BT Toronto | posted Monday, May 11th, 2015

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Students in Ontario public elementary schools won’t be taking standardized tests or getting comments on their report cards as their teachers launch phase one of a work-to-rule strike.

The teachers will continue to take attendance and provide extra help to students. All extracurricular activities will still go ahead as scheduled.

The union representing teachers said the job action will continue until unacceptable demands made by the province are taken off the table.

“ETFO teachers are not prepared to allow increases in class sizes, have their preparation time directed by others, or be micromanaged and have their ability to support student learning compromised,” said Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) President Sam Hammond in a release.

The teachers also won’t attend staff meetings or participate in ministry activities such as professional development workshops.

ETFO represents 76,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals.

The job action is phase one of an incremental strike plan. The union has not said what the second phase would entail.

Ontario public elementary school teachers have been without a contract since August.

Meanwhile, Halton District School Board is continuing to negotiate contracts for secondary school teachers.

Three local table talks are scheduled for this week. They are currently in a strike position along with Waterloo, Lakehead and Ottawa-Carleton.

This comes as hundreds of thousands of secondary school students in Peel, Durham and Sudbury are still out of the classroom as teachers walk the picket lines.

The school boards and the union representing high school teachers are blaming each other for the stalled talks.

Central bargaining talks between the union and the province also at a standstill.

With files from CityNews.ca

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