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Ontario's English Catholic teachers announce one-day strike next Tuesday

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on January 21
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Teachers in Ontario's English Catholic system have announced a one-day strike on January 21.

The president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association says the government appears to only "do the right thing'' when under pressure, so teachers have little choice but to take the next step in the bargaining process.

Catholic teachers began a work-to-rule campaign today that includes not participating in standardized testing, preparing report card comments or participating in Ministry of Education initiatives.

OECTA president Liz Stuart says the government negotiating team has said it has no authority to reach an agreement that doesn't include "significant, permanent cuts.''

Meanwhile, public elementary teachers stepped up their work-to-rule campaign today and are planning for rotating strikes starting next week, while public high school teachers are set to stage the latest in a series of one-day, rotating strikes on Wednesday.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce is urging teachers' unions to stop further escalation.

In Waterloo Region, all catholic elementary and secondary schools will be closed next Tuesday. 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board confirms all of its extended day programs will also close for the day.

"Secondary school credit courses offered at the WCDSB's St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on January 21, but all other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules," said WCDSB Chief Managing Officer John Shewchuk in an email statement.

"Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled. As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students."
 




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