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Wednesday’s OSSTF walkout will affect elementary schools

The President of District 8 of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation says teachers will be withdrawing their services on Wednesday, December 4th.

Shane Restall says the information pickets they’ve staged after school to get their message out to the community have had little effect on the government and there has been no progress at the bargaining table, so it was felt a one-day strike was necessary.

“We’re standing up because we think that larger class sizes are a bad idea, we think that cutting programs are a bad idea for students, cutting supports for high needs students is a bad idea for students and the government seems to think the opposite.”

Restall also points out talks at the central bargaining table were scheduled through the weekend and early this week and if the government comes with some will to negotiate, a deal could be reached before Wednesday.

The one-day walkout will affect elementary and secondary schools because all of the office staff, Educational Assistants, Professional Student Services Personnel and and other support team staff belong to the same bargaining unit.

As a result, parents/guardians should make alternate arrangements for their children and youth if this one-day strike goes ahead Wednesday.