Keewatin-Patricia teachers launch day-long strike
Teachers to picket at provincial government building in Dryden
Posted: Dec 11, 2012 8:12 AM ET
Last Updated: Dec 11, 2012 3:41 PM ET
Public school students in the northwestern-most corner of Ontario get a day off from classes today, as teachers with the Keewatin-Patricia public board stage a 24-hour strike.
It's part of province-wide action taken by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario against the provincial government.
More than 400 full- and part-time teachers are off the job from schools from Upsala to Kenora.
The head of the Keewatin Patricia local of the union said the reaction to the strike has been mixed.
"Some parents are supporting us. They believe that this fight is not about money," Anne Saltel said. "It's not about benefits or anything else. It's all about democracy and our democratic rights."
Saltel said teachers were to bus to Dryden Tuesday morning from their home communities to picket outside the provincial government building there.
“We are not picketing any schools. We are not picketing any board offices,” Saltel said.
“Everybody is boarding buses and they're coming here to Dryden, and then we're going to be picketing the government building.”
She noted they are “hoping to make a statement to the government” that Bill 115 is undemocratic and must be stopped.
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