ETFO Members Striking Again in Windsor-Essex

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Elementary students in Windsor-Essex are out of the classroom again on Friday.

Public elementary teachers are on strike at several Ontario boards today including the Greater Essex County District School Board.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) resumes its rotating strikes today, a day after a provincewide walkout.

Teachers are also walking the picket lines in the Algoma, Hamilton-Wentworth, Limestone, Moosonee, Moose Factory, Niagara, Toronto, Waterloo and York Region.

Union president Sam Hammond has said the union was close to a deal with the government after three days of talks last week, but the province's negotiators suddenly tabled new proposals at the 11th hour that ETFO couldn't accept.

He says key issues include special education funding, full-day kindergarten, hiring regulations and addressing classroom violence.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says teachers are escalating strikes to advance higher compensation.

 

— with files from The Canadian Press