Two years of work-to-rule action are possible as Ontario high school teachers battle the province over Bill 115, their union said Tuesday.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) said that included an end to volunteer extra-curricular activities, like coaching sports teams and running clubs.

York region high school teachers stopped volunteering for extracurricular activities last week. They will be in the classroom 15 minutes before classes begin and will leave right after they end.

Bill 115 allows the government to impose a two-year contract on teachers that includes a wage freeze, halves sick days and ends teachers’ ability to bank unused sick days.

It also gives Education Minister Laurel Broten the power to end a strike or lockout without debating the issue in the provincial legislature.

Premier Dalton McGuinty said the job action was a “pay dispute,” not a labour one, and criticized the union for targeting students.

Students at dozens of Ontario high schools have staged walkouts and protests, most of them in support of their teachers.

Demonstrations are planned Wednesday at Silverthorn Collegiate Institute, where Zlatko Tyulev told CityNews that “students in grades ranging from 9-12, will be participating in a walk-out to protest the bill and support our teachers, and because we want our extra-curriculars back.

At Bristol Road Middle School, student Rachel Zlatar said students “are not showing that we are against the teachers. We are trying to prove that we feel very strongly about what has been taken away from us.”

The province has already reached deals with its French and Catholic boards.

If teachers and their local school boards do not reach an agreement by Dec. 31, the province will impose one.  

Meanwhile, elementary school teachers are holding one-day rotating strikes across Ontario.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) said they would give parents 72-hours’ notice before any planned strike.

Elementary school board one-day strike schedule:

  • Wednesday: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Hastings-Prince Edward District School Board  and Lakehead District School Board
  • Thursday: York Region District School Board, Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Renfrew District School Board
  • Friday: Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board, Simcoe County School Board, Upper Grand School Board