ONTARIO PUBLIC ELEMENTARY TEACHERS TO HOLD STRIKE VOTE

The union representing Ontario’s 83,000 public elementary school teachers, occasional teachers and educational professionals says it’ll hold member meetings this month and next to gauge the possibility of a general strike.

The president of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, Sam Hammond, says the union hopes to negotiate a new deal without any kind of labour disruption.
Key demands are expected to include more supports for students with complex needs, class sizes and protection of full-day kindergarten.

Contracts for teachers and education workers expired at the end of August.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce has said the government’s ”working very hard” to reach a deal and prevent a strike.