Sault Ste. Marie Teachers Join In Province-Wide Solidarity Protest

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Teachers in Sault Ste. Marie joined thousands of others in the province today for a province-wide strike.

Locally, the teachers’ unions gathered at the Machine Shop parking lot for a morning rally before marching down Queen Street to Elgin and MPP Ross Romano’s office. The striking teachers then set their sights on Great Northern Road for maximum exposure to the public.

The leaders of Ontario’s main teachers’ unions say they hope a joint strike and massive protest today send a unified message to the Doug Ford government.

Thousands of teachers and education workers are gathering at the legislature during a provincewide strike.

The labour groups say today marks the first time since 1997 that educators from all the major unions are walking out on the same day.

Liz Stuart, with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, says 200,000 teachers and education workers are calling on the government to back down on cuts.
The unions, particularly those representing secondary teachers, are upset about increases to class sizes, which they say will lead to thousands of fewer teachers in the system.

President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, Harvey Bischof, says today’s demonstration will counteract the education minister’s suggestions that teachers don’t support their union leadership, and that parents aren’t behind them.

The union leaders say as many as 30,000 people could attend the demonstration at the legislature, and parents will be there as well.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the two million students out of class today should be in school instead.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for keeping things professional and mature by not blocking parkings lots, banging noisy drums & blowing whistles.
    Oh wait….

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