All four of Ontario's major teacher unions will join forces tomorrow (Friday) for a mass walkout of all the province's schools.
Locally the hotspot will be MPP Vic Fideli's office on Main Street East.
The unions representing the teachers, occasional teachers and support staff in the Near North will be planning strike pickets in Parry Sound, Sundridge, and North Bay.
Members from the Elementary Teachers Federation (ETFO) the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers (OECTA) and the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) will be joining together in the one-day work stoppage.
The Presidents of District 4 OSSTF Teachers and Occasional Teachers, Glen Hodgson, OSSTF Support Staff President, Troy Simkins, ETFO Teachers President, Rob Hammond, and the President of the Elementary Occasional Teachers, Dave Bartlett, will be on the picket lines in front of Fedeli’s office at 10:30, downtown Sundridge at noon and in Parry Sound in front of MPP Norm Millers office at 1.
“I am so proud of all of our members in all the affiliates for their strong and united stance. It has been over 20 years since we have needed to stand together and take this kind of action but we will not allow Doug Ford to destroy our world class education system”, stated Glen Hodgson, President of the Occasional and full time teachers of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation in the Near North.
Near North Education Support Staff President Troy Simkins added, “Our members have already seen the drastic impact of cuts to education and we know that they are going to get even worse in the next two years and we will not let that happen.”
The pickets in all three locations will run from 10:30 to 1:30
The unions are urging the public to join in solidarity with the teachers and support staff.