Bargaining for Education:
Timeline

A collection of all events since the beginning of negotiations between the Government of Ontario and OSSTF.

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January 21, 2020
OSSTF/FEESO engages in one-day strike including the Toronto District School Board. Other unions such as ETFO and OECTA hold similar work actions.
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January 15, 2020
OSSTF/FEESO announces a one-day strike in several boards across the province, including Toronto District School Board on Jan. 21.
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Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
January 15, 2020
OSSTF/FEESO members engage in one-day strike across 16 boards in the province.
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Public Advocacy
January 13, 2020
Confidential documents leaked in the Toronto Star reveal Ford Government viewed cuts to education as a fiscal exercise, designed to achieve “maximum revenue generation” by selling their e-learning courses to other jurisdictions at a profit
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January 8, 2020
One-day teacher strike closes schools in eight boards in Ontario. OSSTF Harvey Bischof says he will call off the strike if the government agrees to return to last year's class size levels, but Education Minister Stephen Lecce rejects the offer.
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Bargaining Update
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Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
January 3, 2020
OSSTF/FEESO announces one-day strike in select boards for January 8 but offers to postpone strike action if staffing ratios are returned to 18/19 and protected.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
December 18, 2019
December 18: OSSTF/FEESO members in eight districts engage in a one-day full withdrawal of services.
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Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
December 16, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO and the province agree to media black-out over the course of their two-day negotiations. No new proposals forthcoming from Government team. Mediator calls off negotiations after one day.
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Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
December 13, 2019
Minister Lecce escalates his rhetoric, making the erroneous claim that OSSTF/FEESO’s compensation ask would add up to $7.0B. Travis Dhanraj of Global News fact checks Minister Lecce’s statement and notes that OSSTF/FEESO has "definitely NOT made any such demand.” The $7.0B figure becomes widely scrutinized and questioned by the media.
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Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
December 11, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO members in nine districts engage in a one-day full withdrawal of services. Beyhan Farhadi publishes a widely shared, extensive twitter thread explaining her findings in her dissertation on e-Learning in the TDSB.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
December 7, 2019
December 7: Colin D’Mello clears up the $1.5B figure Minister Lecce continues to reference and concludes that OSSTF/FEESO compensation ask amounts to $200M/3 years or $66M/year.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
December 6, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO announces one-day strike in select boards for December 11 but proposes to postpone the work action and use a mutually agreed upon private mediator if the government agrees to: revert to 2018-19 average class size regulation of 22:1; eliminate mandatory e-Learning; provide assurances that Bill 124 will not be an impediment to free collective bargaining. Government refuses.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
December 4, 2019
All OSSTF/FEESO members across the province engage in a one-day full withdrawal of services.
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Bargaining Update
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Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
December 1, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO meets with the government team for approximately seven minutes with government tabling no new proposals or showing any willingness to engage in substantive discussions. Travis Dhranaj of Global News publishes story on how leaked government consultation reveals 70% of parents disapprove of increased class sizes.
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Bargaining Update
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Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
November 28, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO meets with Government team for a total of 11 minutes with no substantive discussion of any new proposals. OSSTF/FEESO announces one-day walkout on December 4.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
November 26, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO members begin information pickets and selective withdrawal of services.
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Bargaining Update
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Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
November 21, 2019
Minister Lecce backtracks publicly again, announcing graduation requirement of two e-Learning courses, instead of four. Many media outlets note that jurisdictions with mandatory e-Learning requirements have seen mixed results and rank low in overall education scores. OSSTF/FEESO announces November 26 job action.
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Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
November 20, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO meets with mediator. Over the course of two days of bargaining, the parties met for a total of 39 minutes. Beyhan Farhadi publishes study on e-Learning in the TDSB which documents large inequalities in student experiences and abilities.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
November 19, 2019
Minister Lecce says on CBC Metro Morning teachers want 2% and it would cost $1.5B. #LecceFactCheck notes the OSSTF has never tabled a 2% increase but is asking for a cost-of-living increase tied to the Consumer Price Index, which projects to be <2% per year, for the next five years. In Queen’s Park, Minister Lecce says PC government is spending more on public education than any government in Ontario’s history. #LecceFactCheck – according to Ministry of Education data, spending has decreased by an average of $54 per pupil compared to 2018-19.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
November 18, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO announces strong strike mandate from membership. Minister Lecce calls for mediation through press conference. OSSTF agrees at the bargaining table.
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Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
November 16, 2019
Martin Regg Cohn of the Toronto Star publishes column titled, ‘How Doug Ford’s Tories set the table for costly failure in teachers’ talks.’
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Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
November 14, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO proposes potential cost-saving areas to offset or reverse proposed cuts and asks government for fiscal information to fuel substantive discussion on the subject. Government takes less than two hours to review proposal, dismisses all potential areas for cost-savings and refuses to provide fiscal information.
Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
November 7, 2019
Ontario government passes Bill 124.
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Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
November 1, 2019
: Bargaining continues, but with very limited discussion. Minister Lecce continues to make public statements that he is looking for a deal despite his team refusing to bring amended proposals on significant issues to the table.
Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
October 30, 2019
Ricardo Tranjan of the CCPA (Behind the Numbers) publishes interactive map showing board by board cuts to education funding and the impact it will have across the province.
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Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
October 28, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO members who have either lost their jobs or seen reduction in their roles as a result of Ford’s cuts attend Queen’s Park.
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Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
October 26, 2019
Here For Students Campaign hits another critical milestone: Ontarians have sent over 300,000 letters and tweets to MPPs and the Minister of Education calling on them to reverse their cuts to education.
Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
October 25, 2019
Negotiations continue (8 days of bargaining to date), but government is still unwilling to discuss substantive issues of class sizes, e-Learning or educator cuts. Ricardo Tranjan of the CCPA’s Behind the Numbers publishes article noting that under the government’s increase from 22:1 to 25:1, 5,900 teachers will lose their jobs.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
October 24, 2019
At a press conference rather than the bargaining table, Ministry publicly backtracks on class size increases, announcing they will increase from 22 to 25 instead of increasing to 28. Government frames the increase in class sizes as a reduction and says this is a “first move” and not the “final move” on class sizes.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
October 18, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO files for conciliation for both support staff and the T/OT central bargaining tables. Minister Lecce incorrectly says that 2% pay raise is holding up the negotiations.
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Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
October 15, 2019
In response to the government’s unwillingness to negotiate on any substantive issues, OSSTF/FEESO announces that strike votes will be taken.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
October 11, 2019
Negotiations continue; despite multiple days of bargaining (5 total), government has yet to “present any new proposals on any of the significant issues that are on the table”.
Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
October 1, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO tables Support Staff negotiating brief with Ministry.
Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
September 30, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO tables Teacher/Occasional Teacher negotiating brief with Ministry.
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Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
September 26, 2019
After months of government claiming not a single frontline educator would lose their job as a result of their cuts, Financial Accountability Officer of Ontario issues a report that projects 10,000 teaching positions will be lost over the next 5 years because of Ford’s funding cuts.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
September 24, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO launches Bargaining for Education, announcing their transparent bargaining position and making negotiating briefs available to the public.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
September 24, 2019
OSSTF President appears on The Agenda with Steve Paikin to discuss education cuts in Ontario.
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Bargaining Update
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Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
September 16, 2019
Initial bargaining dates of September 19 withdrawn by the Ministry, but new dates set for end of the month. Kristin Rushowy publishes article in The Toronto Star outlining the concerns of Grade 12 students who can’t take the necessary courses needed for university because of larger classroom sizes.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
September 6, 2019
OLRB renders decision
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Bargaining Update
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Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
September 4, 2019
Ricardo Tranjan of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) (Behind the Numbers) publishes article stating “the Ontario government is transferring $430 million less (adjusted for inflation) to school boards than the amount transferred in 2017-2018. That’s a (real) 2% cut in total operating funding.”
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Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
August 27, 2019
TDSB announces 300 jobs lost for 2019-2020 school year due to Ford’s cuts according to CP24 article.
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Bargaining Update
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Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
August 22, 2019
August 22: OLRB hearing takes place.
Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
August 15, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO lets Ontarians know that members will be in schools in September.
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Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
July 15, 2019
The OLRB sets date of August 22 for hearing of application
Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
July 9, 2019
Here For Students Campaign hits a critical milestone: Ontarians have sent over 200,000 letters and tweets to MPPs and the Minister of Education calling on them to reverse their cuts to education.
Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
June 14, 2019
With no agreement on the scope of bargaining, OSSTF/FEESO applies to the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) for assistance in determining the scope of central table issues.
Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
June 5, 2019
Ontario government introduces Bill 124, which seeks to legislate a cap of 1% on future public sector negotiated contracts for a period of 3 years.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
June 3, 2019
Ministry hires expensive Bay Street Law Firm to act as their representative in negotiations.
Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
May 31, 2019
Consultation period on the Education That Works For You plan ends. Results of this consultation have never been referenced by government and have not been released by government.
Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
May 23, 2019
Third meeting to discuss scope of bargaining. Still no agreement on the issue. OSSTF/FEESO proposes expedited alternative dispute resolution.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
May 8, 2019
Toronto Star publishes an article pricing the cost of the government’s education consultation at $1M. More than 72,000 individuals made submissions and the government says they listened to the public when considering their plans for education, but refuses to release the results of the consultation.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
April 29, 2019
First day to begin the bargaining process. OSSTF/FEESO gives notice to bargain to the Ministry of Education.
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Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
April 26, 2019
Ministry announces the Grants for Student Needs, confirming the funding cuts outlined on March 15.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
April 7, 2019
Budget 2019 is released, including all plans outlined on March 15.
Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
April 6, 2019
Over 10,000 educators, parents, and concerned members of the public protest the proposed cuts to education at Queen’s Park.
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Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
April 3, 2019
Ministry memo to school boards regarding Attrition Protection funding (government’s $1.6B fund to transition to larger funded average class sizes and fewer teachers in schools). Confirms cuts to 10,000 teachers are planned.
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Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
March 19, 2019
OSSTF/FEESO launches Here For Students Campaign; Ontarians send 50,000+ letters to MPPs and the Minister of Education over the next three weeks calling on government to reverse their cuts and return the average funded class size to 2018-19 levels.
Work Action
Bargaining Update
News & Reports
Government Announcement
Public Advocacy
March 15, 2019
Minister of Education Hon. Lisa Thompson announces government’s “new vision” for education: Education That Works For You – a plan to “modernize classrooms” by increasing funded class size average to 28, requiring completion of four e-Learning courses for graduation, and decreasing education grants to school boards. Government consultation on this plan begins.
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