May 15, 2015
By Jane Brown
Hearings continue today at the Ontario Labour Relations Board to decide whether public high school teachers strikes at three separate boards are illegal.
The hearing got off to a slow start yesterday, bogged down for hours by procedural matters.
Garfield Dunlop is the Education Critic for the opposition Progressive Conservatives at Queen’s Park. He told the New AM 740’s Goldhawk Fights Back, he thinks the strikes are legal.
“If you talk to any of the teachers federations, particularly OSSTF, they will tell you that they took all the appropriate steps, long before they went on strike, to make sure all the strikes were legal in any of the boards across the province,” Dunlop revealed.
More than 70,000 students have been out of school for weeks as their teachers strike in Peel and Durham Regions and Sudbury’s Rainbow District.
Representatives with the boards say the teachers’ unions are staging local strikes on central issues, such as money and class sizes, and are asking the Labour Relations Board to declare the strikes unlawful.