Dec. 1, 2019
Families may be reading news reports about job action by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), which announced that their members would be participating in a one-day, province wide strike (full withdrawal of services) on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.
Some school boards may be closing schools on that date as a result.
Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic School District Board is not affected by the OSSTF labour action.
All our schools will remain open as usual.
In our board, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) represents all elementary and secondary teachers. We are hopeful a new central agreement with OECTA will be reached in the near future.
Nov. 18, 2019
In a province-wide vote conducted last week, members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) delivered a strike mandate, with 97.1 per cent voting in favour of authorizing strike action.
In our board and for all Catholic boards of Ontario, OECTA represents all elementary and secondary teachers.
Our families should note, public school teachers are represented by two different unions: the secondary teachers by OSSTF and the elementary teachers by ETFO. Their negotiations, actions and timelines are entirely separate from those of OECTA.
The holding of a strike vote to authorize job action by union members is a normal and legal part of the collective bargaining process.
OECTA is not yet in a legal strike position, so negotiations will continue for the time being and we are hopeful a new central agreement with OECTA will be reached in the near future.
We are committed to ensuring our parents and guardians receive timely communications and updates throughout this process.