Jan 11, 2013
By Jane Brown
The planned protest by Ontario’s public elementary teachers has been ruled illegal by the Ontario Labour Relations Board. The decision came down about 3:30 this morning. Shortly after, Elementary Teachers Federation President Sam Hammond said that teachers would comply with the ruling and show up for work today. “For us, this was not so much about making a point. It was in fact, from our perspective, standing up for our democratic rights that were trampled by this government over the past year.”
The OLRB decision came just a few hours before thousands of educators were due to stage a one-day walkout in protest of the governing Liberals’ decision to impose two-year contracts under a controversial anti-strike law.
Many public school boards across the province had announced school closures in anticipation of the walkout. But those plans have changed. Public elementary schools will be OPEN today in Toronto, Peel Region, Durham Region, York Region, Halton Region, Kawartha Pineridge, along with Hamilton Wentworth, Waterloo and the Upper Grand District School Boards, among others. Earlier, the Toronto District School Board had said schools would be closed no matter what the decision at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Now, it’s been confirmed Toronto public elementary and junior high schools will be open today.