VIDEO: Elementary Teachers Vote Overwhelmingly In Favour of Strike

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Members of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have voted 98%  in favour of a strike, if necessary.

ETFO is calling the result of the vote an "overwhelming" mandate from its 83,000 members.

The union filed for conciliation last month, saying bargaining with Premier Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative government had reached a virtual standstill.

Of concern to the union is government attempts to impose caps on wage increases for public sector workers and increase class sizes, which accordin to the union, will mean thousands of fewer teachers in the system.

A strike by 55,000 education workers  — such as custodians, administrative staff and early childhood educators — was averted at the last minute when the government reached a tentative deal with the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

High school teachers and teachers in the English Catholic system are also holding strike votes, with results expected in the next couple of weeks.