Ontario teachers begin one-day strike against Ford’s cuts

Today, members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) walk off the job to protest ongoing attacks to the education system by Doug Ford’s government. Key issues for the teachers’ job action include preserving jobs, lowering class sizes and rejecting mandatory e-learning courses for students.

The one-day province-wide walk-out will close secondary schools across the province. Though this is only a one-day strike, further job action is still “on the table” if an agreement is not reached with the province.

According to the OSSTF, this strike has been a long time coming.

Read the full the story at rankandfile.ca.

Ontario’s education workers inch closer to strike position

Last week, negotiations between the Canadian Union of Public Employees’ (CUPE) bargaining agent the Ontario School Board Council of Union (OSBCU) and the province move to mediation as bargaining makes no progress for the 55,000 education workers CUPE represents across Ontario.

RankandFile.ca spoke with OSBCU President Laura Walton about the role of the government and Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) in the lack of progress in negotiations.

“We have done as much as we possibly can,” she says. “We have come up with solutions, we have heard concerns, we have offered alternatives. But we’re not willing to take less for our members who are already making less than they were making five years ago. We’re not willing to do that. And I don’t think the public undervalues us in the same way that we’re seeing from the government and or from the [CTA].”

Read the full story at rankandfile.ca.

Series: USW Local 9176 Strike at Crown Holdings

Robert DiPippo and Cheryl Dollimore, Local 9176 Members May 1, 2014

For May Day Specialized Programming on CHRY 105.5FM, I spoke with United Steelworkers Local 9176 members Robert DePippo and Cheryl Dollimore about the ongoing strike at Crown Holdings which had begun the previous September.

Steve McHugh, Local 9176 Member May 8, 2014

I spoke with Steve McHugh about his recent trip to Turkey to conduct solidarity work with other Crown Holdings employees.

Lawrence Hay, Staff Representative September 11, 2014

I caught up with Local 9176 Staff Representative Lawrence Hay about the now year-long strike at Crown Holdings.

Joe Drexler, Head of Strategic Campaigns January 6, 2015

I spoke with Joe Drexler about the launch of the Bottles Not Cans Campaign to raise awareness and gain solidarity for the ongoing strike, now over one year.