OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2012) - The Occasional Teacher Bargaining Unit of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) in District 25, Ottawa-Carleton, has voted 89% in favor of a strike mandate.
The contract between OSSTF/FEESO and the school board expired on August 31, and taking of strike vote is a normal part of the legal process recognized by the Ontario Labour Relations Act.
"This vote is not about wanting to go out on strike," said provincial Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation Vice President Harvey Bischof. "We are following the steps that are laid out in the Ontario Labour Relations Act. Our Federation will continue to follow the law when it comes to reaching agreements with the local school board."
"I am not surprised by the strong mandate shown by our members," said Ronald Shewchuk, President of the OSSTF/FEESO District 25 Occasional Teacher Bargaining Unit. "They are very frustrated and angry that this government has shown a lack of respect for occasional teachers and the important role they play in the education system."
OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.