In 2015, Ontario elementary teachers engaged in work-to-rule during bargaining by refusing to do "administrative" duties such as province wide testing, writing comments on report cards and other education ministry-mandated activities before a deal was reached. "This is meant to call attention to the destructive road that the government is going down right now".
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation has previously said that talks with the province and its various school boards had stalled before they'd truly begun, citing disagreements over which issues should be negotiated at which bargaining tables and a reluctance to streamline the bargaining process. Sam Hammond, president of the elementary teachers' federation, said the goal is to "turn up the heat" on the government.
A summary of local impacts for elementary and secondary schools is detailed below; more information about ETFO strike action; more information about OSSTF strike action is available on their website.
Starting Tuesday, elementary and high school teachers will stop doing what they identify as ministry and school board administrative tasks but not affect student learning.
Teachers also won't help students prepare for or write EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office) standardized tests.
It's a triple threat with the potential to affect almost all of Ontario's two million elementary and high school students.
The twin work-to-rule campaigns are not expected to have an impact inside the classroom, but parents and students will likely be drawn into the unions' ongoing dispute with the government with "information pickets" outside some schools.
Both unions filed a "no board report" in early November, starting the clock for a 17 day cooling off period before they were in a legal strike position. He said the unions "should have some interest in demonstrating some reasonableness as well".
Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) (45,000 members): Requested conciliator in talks with province; Union not yet in strike position.
"We are still miles apart on staffing, we're miles apart on e-learning and we certainly haven't yet settled compensation and benefits".
Teacher unions are opposed to the province's move to larger classes beginning in Grade 4.
The government announced in the spring that they were increasing average high school class sizes to 28 from 22 over four years, and requiring four online credits to graduate.
But the teachers don't want any mandatory online courses or any class size increases. Elementary teachers will be gathering outside the main entrances of schools 15 minutes before class Tuesday and entering together in what their union is calling a solidarity action.
"There shouldn't be much of a disruption", said Scott Scantlebury, public relations officer with the Greater Essex County District School Board.