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Elementary Teachers’ Federation gives notice of strike action

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario will have a second week of rotating strikes.

This week will affect schools with Kawartha Pine Ridge, Upper Grand, and Hastings-Prince Edward school boards as well as Moosonee and Moose Factory Island school authorities. The ETFO says they have sent their five-day required strike notice.

The one-day strike will happen on Tuesday, January 28th.

Hastings-Prince Edward District School Board Communications Manager Kerry Donnell says school will be cancelled for students in junior kindergarten to grande eight. The strike will not affect grade nine to 12 students at HPEDSB schools.

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“ETFO is very disappointed that Ford’s Education Minister Lecce has not come back to the bargaining table to negotiate key issues affecting students, student learning and educators,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. He adds that it’s been 35 days since the last bargaining session. 

“I am concerned at the amount of disinformation that Minister Lecce is saying to the public through the media and social media,” Hammond goes on to say. “Either he is misinformed about what has taken place during contract talks or he is purposefully sharing inaccurate information to cover up the continuing cuts he wants to make to public education.”

ETFO represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.

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