Early NSTU voting turnout strong

There has been a strong turnout so far by Nova Scotia public school teachers voting on a proposed new contract with the province.

A statement on the website of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union said more than 70 per cent of its 93-hundred members had cast ballots by 11:15 a.m.

Voting -- which was postponed by a day due to bad weather -- opened at 6:00 a.m. and is to run until 8:00 p.m.

Teachers rejected two earlier proposed deals -- and resumed a work-to-rule campaign late last month after Premier Stephen McNeil said two extra days off in the latest proposed contract were to be used for marking and class preparation.