"When the Liberal government wiped any mention of extracurriculars from the Education Act in 2009, they removed any legal barrier to a teacher boycott of these activities, according to the lawyer [Howard Goldblatt] for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

As a result, union memos calling on teachers to withdraw from such after-school activities are not illegal, argued Howard Goldblatt Wednesday at a hearing before the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

“Once the government removed ‘co-instructional activities’ from the Education Act — and also from the definition of a strike — there was nothing to prohibit teachers from refusing to participate in these activities,” said Goldblatt…

However Goldblatt said that while the Mike Harris government had originally inserted the term “co-instructional activities such as sports, arts and cultural programs” into the Education Act in 2000 — and included the refusal to do such activities under the definition of a strike — the Liberals removed these references in 2009, Goldblatt said, “under then education minister Kathleen Wynne, who is now the premier-designate.”

Goldblatt cited Wynne’s parliamentary secretary at the time, MPP Liz Sandals, stating the [OLP] government did not “want to reopen the whole debate on mandatory co-instructional activities as part of strikes . . . we don’t want to replay that debate.”

Goldblatt quoted Sandals as proof the [OLP] government meant to separate an extracurricular boycott from the definition of a strike 'and once it’s gone, it’s gone.'" 

Posted: 5 years ago by YinYang #104
This is priceless - the words of the OLP are coming back to bite them.

Anyway you look at it, extracurriculars represent probably billions of dollars of unpaid volunteer teacher work that has not been recognized by the public nor compensated by the the government. EC's are not part of teachers' contractual work.

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