We stand in solidarity with the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (EFTO), Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF).
The Ford government’s reckless cuts to public education are already impacting classrooms:
- reduced support for students with special education needs and mental health issues
- overcrowded classrooms
- mandatory e-learning courses for high school students
Just as we have seen in the public health system, the Ford government is pulling resources out of the public education system and laying the groundwork for private interests to profit from our students’ education. We must fight back.
We encourage students, parents and all labour activists to join education unions on the picket lines to send a strong message to the government that they must stop the cuts that hurt kids.
All four Ontario teachers’ unions, representing nearly 200,000 teachers and education workers, are holding a one-day province-wide strike on February 21. Nearly 200,000 teachers and education workers will strike across 72 school boards, affecting nearly 5,000 schools across the province in protest of the government funding cuts to education.
We must fight back against the Ford government’s attack on workers.
We are proud to join eleven Ontario unions representing more than 250,000 provincial public sector employees in a coordinated Charter challenge against Bill 124. This unconstitutional legislation would allow the provincial government to impose salary caps, including for pensions and benefits, on a variety of unionized and non-unionized public sector workplaces.
We must fight in solidarity with education unions to protect public education.