Statement from Education Minister on OSSTF Strike

Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce

TORONTO — Today, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement regarding the decision of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) to escalate to a strike only two days after initiating a work-to-rule campaign:

Strikes hurt kids. Our Government has been clear, we want deals that keep students in class. For teacher unions to leave the table, to turn their back on our children, and to escalate to the point of compromising their education, is deeply troubling for parents and our Government.

Our Government has demonstrated consistently it is reasonable and student-centric by making major moves that have not been matched or reciprocated by the teachers’ unions.

In fact, on the days we made reasonable offers – reducing class room sizes from 28 to 25 and reducing online learning courses from four to two – the unions decided to escalate. This is wrong, and our students deserve better.

I call on OSSTF to remain at the bargaining table, with third-party, independent mediation, up until the deadline. All parties that are truly committed to the success of our children will consider every tool available to avoid strikes which hurt our students.

Our aim, as was the case with CUPE, is to get a deal that provides continuity for parents, and educational stability for students.

Our Government will never leave the table and continue to remain available 24/7 to reach a deal that keeps students in class.”


  1. My grandkids go to a school of 800 students in a building meant for 500, One was harassed repeatedly by a special needs child because there were not enough EAs to control the situation. Some of these cuts are really awful and hurtful to the stuidents.

  2. Amazing how teachers pat themselves on the back for the job they say they are doing. Meanwhile they keep moving along students that are failing their tests and exams. Passing tests and exams is the only way taxpayers who foot this bill can gauge how good the teachers really are. This is just a way to cover up for the bad teachers. There are children out there who can’t read moving right along, sad no one takes responsibility for this. I say any teacher who moves a failing student along should be fired period.

  3. “Strikes hurt children” really? Having a system that isnt able to sustain those with special needs and spreading teachers and EAs thinly “HURTS CHILDREN” stop with the non sense. Our children deserve better services to thrive. The government needs to wake up

  4. Union Leadership has had a 15 year symbiotic relationship with Corrupt Liberal Leadership, they’re way out of control. Using students education and welfare is a bargaining chip Union Leadership likes to use. In doing so they’re making it clear that it’s not really the students education, or welfare they’re concerned about, it’s just a ploy to get what they want. I’m not talking about teachers or teachers aids, this is directed at Union Leadership.

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