UPDATE: Union comments on Niagara teacher lockout
The union representing Niagara's Catholic elementary teachers is speaking out following the region-wide lockout.
Unit President Marie Balanowski says they are disappointed to find themselves locked out.
She says especially given that negotiations are ongoing and the Board, they could have rescinded the lockout notice.
Balanowski says it is an unnecessary disruption for students and families – made worse by the school board’s failure to communicate with parents over the weekend.
Parents of students were notified at 7:45am today.
The pickets were up at Niagara Catholic elementary schools across Niagara as the board locked out teachers this morning.
Not as many teachers were picketing this afternoon.
The board says schools remain open and every effort will be made to ensure students are in a safe environment.
The board adds programming will be significantly affected.
Balanowski says many hours of bargaining have taken place over the past week, with the help of a Ministry of Labour-appointed conciliator.
She says although the school board continues to be slow in responding to teachers’ concerns, the Association remains committed to negotiating a fair agreement as soon as possible.
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