Talks Break Off Between Public Elementary Teachers and Province

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Contract talks between Ontario elementary teachers and the provincial government have broken off.

The parties went back to the bargaining table Wednesday, but were not able to reach a deal meaning teachers will hit the picket lines next week.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario and the province had not bargained since December 19.

Union president Sam Hammond says every effort was made, but it became clear the Ford government was not willing to address key issues.

Meantime, Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the government affirmed its commitment to maintaining full-day kindergarten, but pay and benefits remain a top priority for union leaders.

The Greater Essex County District School Board will be part of a province-wide strike set for Thursday, February 6.

More than 1,600 local elementary teachers took part in a one-day strike on Wednesday to back contract demands.