I've received quite a few PM's asking for updates:
Just a quick update on this issue. Since the OSSTF teachers (public high schools) had a contract imposed on them by the government recently, officially their union isn't allowed to remove extracurriculars as a negotiation tool. (This is because in the eyes of the labour board, negotiations have ceased and the OSSTF is not in a legal strike position anymore.) This doesn't mean that coaches can't refuse to volunteer on an individual basis - no one can be forced to volunteer as it is not part of the contract. Each coach is still allowed to decide what is to be done next. That being said, I think we can read between the lines that the OSSTF leadership would prefer their teachers not to volunteer at this time, as a continuing protest against the unfairness of BILL 115 - but the union leadership is being careful with their choice of words in official memos and in the media. (Again, if someone is more versed on this issue, particularly the legal side of things, feel free to correct my assumptions).
In response to this latest development, OECTA (the Catholic Schools union), have informed their membership that there is now no offical OECTA directive for members not to play against non-teacher led teams for public schools - because officially the OSSTF is now not engaged in a work to rule or union-led protest at this time. (Technically speaking of course.) OECTA has asked each local OECTA union leader to contact the local OSSTF leader and ask for direction in how to go forward with the non-teacher coach issue. Presumably, at this point, there will be no clear response on this though - to avoid the possible legal punishments for organizing a group response. OECTA Members have been cautioned that a cohesive group OECTA response (such as continuing to refuse to play against non-teacher led public high school teams) could be considered illegal and punishable. Of course, like the OSSTF teachers, each individual OECTA teacher has the right to decide whether it's appropriate to support their OSSTF counterparts, and how to do this on a case by case basis. Here is a direct quote from OECTA website's recent memo on extracurriculars:
"Whenever these circumstances occur, it is important for teaching colleagues to consider seriously whether, as individuals, to support their colleagues in another teacher affiliate."
In my opinion, the situation is now even more of a mess than before. Individual teachers are being asked to respond to the contentious volunteer situation, with much unofficial heavy pressure being applied from multiple different directions. It's not easy being a coach in this climate. Very difficult situation right now.