TORONTO — The union representing Ontario‘s Catholic school teachers has decided to vote on a provincewide strike next month.
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association joins the unions representing both elementary and secondary teachers in making such a move.
OECTA president Liz Stuart says the strike vote is a necessary show of force against what she calls “reckless cuts” proposed by the province.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce issued a statement reassuring parents that strike votes are “part of the normal bargaining process.”
He says he encourages the union to work with the government to reach a deal.
The union notes that negotiations with the province can continue while the strike vote — which is set to end on Nov. 13 — is being conducted.