I just had an interesting conversation about the likely high school teachers' strike next month. Ontario teachers are in a legal strike position as of April 20. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation has targeted seven Ontario school boards - Peel, Durham, Halton, Lakehead, Ottawa-Carlton, Rainbow, and Waterloo, saying there may well be a full withdrawal of services in these seven boards by the end of April at the latest.
The teachers in the non-striking boards will donate 5% each to the teachers in the seven striking boards, meaning that the striking teachers will receive 75% of their full salary and their take-home pay will hardly be affected. There will thus be no incentive to settle on the part of the unions - but of course students and parents will not be willing to hold out for very long since their graduation and post-secondary admissions will be in peril. (more...)