The Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board rallied outside local MPP Ross Romano’s office on Tuesday as part of province-wide rotating strikes. Local teachers and education workers are standing up against the cuts to education, violence in the classroom, special education funding, and larger class sizes to name a few.
“This is all about the students, it’s not about the teachers,” Huron-Superior Catholic Teacher’s Association President Darrell Czop told SaultOnline.
“The teachers would rather be in the classroom today, but they know they need to do what they need to do to make sure that funding for publicly funded education is in place…in order to put some pressure on the Ford government to get back to the bargaining table, this is the escalation that needed to take place in regard to our job action.”
“Let’s keep in mind that EAs are not mentioned at all in this strike, and they make $30,000 a year here locally. So it’s not about the one per cent, it’s not about the two per cent raise for those people here locally, it’s about what we do for a job,” Michele McCleave-Kennedy, Sault Ste. Marie and District Labour Council President, said. “And we love working with our students.
“So we’re fighting to get our students to services they require and the number of people to service those students.”