NCDSBContract talks are still ongoing, but schools under the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association are going ahead with a work-to-rule campaign.

Local Union President Louis Clausi says that will involve them cutting off things such as extracurricular activities and the refusal to participate in Professional Development Days.

“We have talks scheduled for this week and next week, so hopefully, we can complete those talks,” he said.

The province is just as optimistic.  Premier Kathleen Wynne said she was hopeful about reaching new contracts because the four big teachers unions are either back at the bargaining table or have scheduled dates with school boards.

Ontario’s 115,000 teachers are in legal strike positions after being without contracts for a year.  Clausi says 94.2% of the OECTA union (50,000 members) voted for strike action if they didn’t have a contract at this point.

The campaign will be seen relatively soon, as Bishop Belleau Catholic School in Moosonee opens up this Thursday to students.

Other schools under the NCDSB open back up for students on Wednesday, September 2nd.

(With files from The Canadian Press)