Statement by the Minister of Education on Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation Local Strikes
Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, issued the following statement about seeking the advice of the Education Relations Commission of Ontario in relation to the ongoing OSSTF strikes:
"As Minister of Education, I have a direct interest in the achievement and well-being of students across Ontario and their ability to successfully complete their school year. As a government, we have a direct interest in ensuring our education system continues to serve the people of Ontario properly.
Central and local negotiations have been difficult, and we never expected otherwise. We knew that reaching a negotiated settlement, in our current fiscal climate, would be challenging.
But parents want to see their children thrive, and students want to know they can complete their school year.
In light of this, we are increasingly concerned the ongoing local strikes in Durham, Rainbow and Peel district school boards may be putting the school year at risk. Therefore, we are seeking advice from the Education Relations Commission of Ontario as to whether the continuation of the strikes is placing the successful completion of courses of study by affected students in jeopardy.
We respect the collective bargaining process and remain focused and committed to reaching a centrally negotiated agreement, and are confident a deal will be reached.
The best solution is to reach a negotiated agreement and we remain committed to achieving that by working together with all of our partners."