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1-day public elementary teachers strike hit Halton Wednesday

Teachers staging a one-day walkout in Toronto to protest Bill 115, Dec. 18, 2012. CITYNEWS

After the so-called Super Tuesday, public elementary teachers held one-day strikes in the Halton, Bluewater and Algoma school boards on Wednesday.

Teachers have been protesting Bill 115, which allows the provincial government to impose a two-year contract on education workers and makes it easier to end strikes.

Halton teachers walked picket lines at the Halton District School Board’s office on Guelph Line in Burlington, outside MPP Kevin Flynn’s constituency office on Lakeshore Road in Oakville and in front of MPP Ted Chedleigh’s constituency office on Mill Street in Milton.

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By Friday, elementary teachers in all school boards across the province will have staged a one-day walkout but that might not be the end. Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), said there could be another day of political protest in the New Year.

The ETFO will hold a news conference on Friday, at the end of two weeks of rotating strikes, to discuss their next steps.

Ontario public school boards and their unions have until Dec. 31 to reach deals. If that doesn’t happen the government will impose a two-year contract that includes a wage freeze and halved sick days as part of Bill 115.

The provincial government says any walkout held after a new contract is imposed would be illegal, but the union plans to move forward with the plan.

“[The protest would be] outside the Ontario Labour Relations Act and we’re going to go ahead with it and we’re going to implement it,” Hammond said.