Giving our kids the best chance in life can only happen if our education system is set up for success. That means creating safe school environments where students, teachers, and education workers can thrive. The Conservative government is set on cutting back funding to public education, regardless of outcome - and we are already seeing an impact.
This is the climate in which education unions are negotiating their contracts this fall. On October 6, CUPE education workers reached a tentative agreement, narrowly avoiding a strike. Other education unions are watching closely to the outcome.
Read Labour Council's declaration of support for workers on the front lines opposing the education cuts. (download as a shareable PDF flyer). Labour Council delegates passed the statement "Defend Public Education 2019-2020" on October 3, 2019. Read the full statement and resolutions.
Education has and will always be the bedrock of how we progress in society. With the Ford Government in power that foundation is being undermined. Recently the Minister announced dramatic changes to Ontario’s education system, including increases to class sizes and mandatory online learning in secondary schools.
The Toronto & York Region Labour Council is committed to working with the education unions (ETFO, OSSTF, OECTA, CUPE, and AEFO) to confront the government's attacks on education and to build solidarity across labour for a strong fight. We applaud their leadership in organizing the Rally for Education on April 5 which resulted in 30,000 educators, students, parents, and their allies gathering on the lawns of Queen's Park to stand up to the bad policies and bullying tactics of the Ford government.
Alongside hundreds of school communities across the province, plan or join a walk-in event to demonstrate the value of high-quality, well-funded public education for you and your family. Walk-in events look different depending on the school. It can be a parade, a breakfast, leafletting, or anything else you can dream up. Click here to register your school and to access an excellent toolkit on how to host an event.
Labour Council is working with a coalition of York Region students, parent groups, education unions, and community members to advocate for strong public education. The coalition has hosted tailgate-style barbecues in the ridings of key Conservative MPPs, including Minister of Education Stephen Lecce, and will host its first Town Hall event on October 28. Visit the website to sign up for email updates and to see what's happening!