Public Elementary Teachers Step Up Job Action

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Public elementary teachers and occasional teachers are stepping up their job action.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario will escalate its rotating strikes across the province starting next month if central agreements aren't reached.

It says rotating strikes will take place at every school board across the province every week.

Members of the union are set to take part in a one-day strike on Wednesday, January 29th in Windsor-Essex.

Plus, another one-day strike is set for all 83,000 ETFO members on Thursday, February 6th

Local educators at public elementary schools in Windsor-Essex are also set to be off the job for one day on Friday, February 7th.

There are 1,500 elementary and occasional teachers working at the local public school board.

"There is nothing to be gained by Minister Lecce avoiding meaningful and fair contract talks other than further damaging the reputation of the Ford government," says ETFO President Sam Hammond. 

Hammond says from the ETFO's perspective, a fair contract must include appropriate funding for Special Education, a strategy to address classroom violence, maintaining the Kindergarten program and appropriate class sizes.