Catholic Teachers to Stage One-Day Strike Next Week

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Catholic English teachers in Ontario are staging a one day strike next Tuesday to back contract demands affecting all school boards across the province.

President of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association Liz Stuart says the government appears to only "do the right thing" when it is under pressure.

"The government likes to claim that teachers exercising our legal rights somehow puts students learning in jeopardy but we all know that the real threat is this government's regressive approach to publicly funded education," says Stuart. 

OECTA members started a work-to-rule campaign on Monday by not participating in standardized testing, putting comments on report cards or taking part in ministry initiatives.

The one-day strike is set for Tuesday, January 21.

There are 1,800 English Catholic teachers in Windsor-Essex.

The union represents 45,000 members across the province.

OECTA members held a province-wide strike vote in November, where members voted 97.1% in favour of strike action if needed.

- with files from AM800's Rob Hindi and Teresinha Medeiros