Few school boards have teacher dress codes

Students say it’s unfair that they must abide by dress codes when few Ontario school boards have any such rules for teachers. The issue is one teens in Halton have been talking about after video of a trans teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School went viral, showing her in shop class wearing oversized prosthetic breasts … Read more

Halton teacher controversy prompts request for review of professional standards

Education Minister Stephen Lecce has asked the Ontario College of Teachers to review and “consider strengthening” professional standards in light of the controversy over a trans high school teacher in Oakville who wears oversized prosthetic breasts with protruding nipples. The Halton board is now also conducting a review of its dress code. The situation at … Read more

Ontario CUPE education workers start voting on whether to strike

Ontario education workers including librarians, custodians and administrative staff are set to start voting today on whether to strike – and their union is recommending they vote yes. The Canadian Union of Public Employees has called Ontario’s initial contract offer, which it made public, insulting. The government has offered raises of two per cent a … Read more

Ontario’s school support staff to hold strike vote

Some 55,000 school support staff will be taking a strike vote starting Friday — a vote that comes on the heels of two days of negotiations with the province that their union leadership is called frustrating. Laura Walton, president of the Ontario School Board Council of Unions, said the vote will give the bargaining team … Read more

Teacher unions expect labour peace — at least for the fall

Ontario teacher unions say they expect labor peace all fall — and are hoping for all year. While the support staff union is already exchanging offers with the provincial government — and has now asked for a conciliator while also planning a strike vote — the province’s educators are in the early stages of bargaining. … Read more

‘People need to be patient’: Education contracts set to expire across Ontario

All Ontario education contracts expire Wednesday — but the school year will start up on time, with no job action planned. “It’s not Cinderella, and the pumpkin is not going to change at midnight,” said Karen Littlewood, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation. “We’re going to continue to do what we’ve always done, … Read more

No masks or cohorting needed in Ontario schools unless COVID-19 cases spike, science table says

Masks and cohorts are not required in schools this fall to fight COVID-19 — hand hygiene, ventilation and vaccinations are the recommended ways to keep classrooms safe, says a report from Ontario’s science advisory table. The report echoes an earlier Education Ministry memo that said wearing face coverings and dividing students into groups to help … Read more

Deal with support staff influences all other contracts, Education Minister Stephen Lecce says

CUPE’s salary and other bargaining proposals are costly and would not be fair to taxpayers, says Education Minister Stephen Lecce. Speaking to reporters at Queen’s Park, Lecce said the demands the union representing school support staff have presented are “astronomical, unreasonable and not consistent with those footing the bill, which is the taxpayer.” He said … Read more

Salary increases, end of hybrid learning among teacher union priorities in contract talks

An end to hybrid learning. Smaller classes. More supports for classrooms, especially as high school classes are destreamed. And salary increases that take into account the limited raises in their last contract — their one per cent yearly boost that was part of provincial wage cap legislation — and rising inflation. These are some of … Read more

Doug Ford government offers lowest-paid school staff 2% wage hike

The province is offering school support staff earning less than $40,000 a year a pay raise of two per cent a year over four years, and all others a 1.25 annual boost. In bargaining documents made public by the school boards’ bargaining unit of CUPE, the opening offer from the government also includes some changes … Read more