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Education strikes and how they impact you

Publish date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 presidentsMessage

With the government refusing to return to the bargaining table, all four of Ontario’s education unions are escalating job action, by pushing back against plans to radically—and regressively—transform our province’s schools.

At the core of the education unions’ concerns are the government’s massive cuts to school board funding, reductions in staffing levels, ballooning in class size ratios and ill-prepared plans for online learning. If implemented, the government’s plan would fundamentally risk Ontario’s world-renowned public education system and our students’ potential.

Unless the government returns to the bargaining table with meaningful proposals:

I’ve been in touch with leadership at each union to offer our solidarity and support.

And as I wrote last month, supporting our education sector colleagues is about more than defending quality public education. These unions are our allies in the fight against the unconstitutional wage-capping Bill 124. They have experience in this sort of fight and standing in solidarity with them now shows the government that the province’s public sector labour movement is strong and united.

In the meantime, here’s what you can do:

Show your support for education workers. Stop by picket lines in your community. Wear red for education. On social media, talk about the importance of public service within our communities. Learn more about the issues at the affected unions’ websites:

If your family is affected by the work action, make a contingency plan. Consider talking to your manager about using flex work to help you cover childcare gaps. You may wish to use credits to take time off (including special and compassionate leave days). Learn more on our Collective Agreements, Guides, and Fact Sheets hub.

Ontario’s young people deserve a high-quality, publicly funded education. Public sector employees deserve fairness at work.

Join me in solidarity with our public sector colleagues in defence of our province’s public services and free and fair collective bargaining.

Stronger together,

Dave Bulmer
President & CEO

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 14,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in 12 cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario; Health Quality Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; Public Health Ontario; the Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; and in the former Offices of the Ontario Child Advocate and the French Language Services Commissioner (now part of the Ontario Ombudsman).

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