French-language teachers’ union escalates to province-wide strikes Thursday
A reminder to parents and guardians, all French-language schools are closed to students on Thursday, meaning French-language students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 will not have classes.
AEFO president Remi Sabourin says this is the first time since the inception of French-language boards in 1997 the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontarien (AEFO) has held strikes to this level. Talks between the union and government are at a stalemate.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce on returning to mediation with AEFO: “We look forward to the opportunity to negotiate to reach a settlement that keeps students in class and ends the union-led disruption that is affecting so many students across the province. Parents expect all parties to meet at the negotiating table and have meaningful, student-centric discussions.
“We continue to ask the unions to come to the table with realistic proposals that prioritize student success. Enough is enough. Students should be in class.”
After an initial work-to-rule campaign, the AEFO announced it would be launching phase three of strike action. All 12,000 regular and occasional teachers who are members will walk out province-wide and Thursday’s job action is expected to be followed by weekly province-wide strikes by the union.
Schools will reopen on Friday.
Affected local schools:
- Algonquin Grades 7-12 (North Bay)
- Christ-Roi (River Valley)
- Élisabeth-Bruyère Grades 7-12 (Mattawa)
- Franco-Cité (Sturgeon Falls)
- Héritage (North Bay)
- Jeunesse Active (Sturgeon Falls)
- L’Odyssée (North Bay)
- La Résurrection (Sturgeon Falls)
- Lorrain (Bonfield)
- Mariale (Thorne)
- Nipissing Ouest (Sturgeon Falls)
- Saint-Joseph (Sturgeon Falls)
- Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin (Astorville)
- Sainte-Anne (Mattawa)
- Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville (Verner)
- Saints-Anges (North Bay)
- St. Raymond (North Bay)
- St. Vincent (North Bay)