Ontario elementary teachers set to hold strike votes today and Oct. 17th

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Teachers in Ontario’s public primary schools will vote today on whether to give their union a strike mandate.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario is organizing in-person strike ballots for its members between today and October 17, with teachers voting on separate days in different locations.

ETFO has requested mediation, citing the “unacceptably slow pace of bargaining,” but has rejected a government plan to have any lingering matters settled by an arbitrator.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation has informally agreed to negotiate with the government until the end of October, after which they will go to binding arbitration, eliminating the chance of a strike.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association will hold strike ballots on October 18 and 19, while OSSTF members have until September 27 to vote on whether to accept the binding arbitration proposal.


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