I decided that I would compile a brief history of labour disruptions in the public education sector in Ontario. I have only been searching as of now, for about 20 minutes and I have found these three instances of back-to-work legislation being enforced in Ontario on Public and Catholic School Teachers. There are structural differences between the position of Ontario Public and Catholic Schools and Universities and Colleges in Ontario in terms of Government responsibility and authority, nonetheless the trend is here for the education sector in Ontario. After a a few weeks the strikes are always ended in back to work legislation if no resolution is in sight. I will try to continuously add to this list and if any of you have any additional information, particularly if you can find instances of back to work legislation enforced in post secondary institutions in Ontario (or Canada) that would be great.
I am not supporting back to work legislation in this labour disruption. I am simply highlighting that it is interesting to note that the Government has been so active in legislating back to work for primary and secondary schools, yet stays so far away from providing us with any support in the post secondary space.
The one is interesting because it forced the Catholic School Board to end a lock out (not allowing teachers into the school to teach).
Ontario passed a law Tuesday that will send Toronto’s Catholic elementary teachers back to the classroom and could force all teachers in the province to participate in after-school activities.
The legislation forces the Toronto Catholic District School Board to end its lockout of 3,500 teachers.
Education Minister Elizabeth Witmer said the 69,000 students who have been out of the classroom for more than two weeks because of the dispute, could be back at school as early as Wednesday.
April, 2001 (Note that this was not a teachers’ strike, but nonetheless shut down schools)
The Ontario government has drawn up back-to-work legislation as a strike by school support staff enters its fourth week. Janitors, secretaries and teaching assistants are fighting for higher salaries. More than 560 schools in Toronto have shut down, affecting up to 300,000 students.
The Ontario government will introduce legislation on Monday to force its teachers back to work. That means 200,000 of the province’s students could be back in class next week.