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Ottawa, Nov 26 (Canadian-Media): In statement issued today by the Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce on the first day of work-to-rule action, Lecce said that he very clearly wanted to get deals that keep the children of this province in school, media reports said.
Stephen Lecce. Image credit: Twitter handle
"It is regrettable the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) have chosen to escalate to work-to-rule action, only hurting our children. This escalation to a partial withdrawal of services, including targeting math supports and report cards, hurts our children the most," said Lecce.
Lecce expressed the hope that with voluntarily negotiated agreement with CUPE, by working together we would be able to reach a deal that provides certainty and predictability to parents, students, and educators to have all the students in class.
Lecce assured that his negotiating team is ready for meaningful, good-faith bargaining round the clock to reach the deals Ontario students and families deserve and put the needs of children first.