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Public high school teachers raise the stakes

12/3/2012

Public high school teachers and support staff in Ontario will step up their protest against a controversial anti-strike law next Monday by withdrawing from extra curricular activities.
   
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, says teachers and staff will only show up for work 15 minutes before their scheduled start time and will leave immediately after their scheduled duties at the end of the day.
   
Union president Ken Coran says the 60,000 members have always said they would accept a wage freeze, but feel Bill 115 erodes their democratic rights for collective bargaining.
   
Coran says teachers will continue to deliver the curriculum and make sure students are safe in school.
   
Earlier today, Education Minister Laurel Broten said union leaders for public elementary and high school teachers seem set on strike action and are determined not to allow local contract agreements with a real wage freeze.
   
The OSSTF cut off talks last week after teachers rejected local agreements with two school boards, and cancelled future ratification votes.

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