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Strike set for Tuesday has parents looking for childcare options


Many parents in Niagara are making phone calls this weekend, lining up childcare for Tuesday.

Niagara teachers and occasional teachers with the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario will stage a one-day strike Tuesday December 11th.

Union officials say it is to send the government a message that Bill 115 is severely impeding local collective bargaining.

Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says there are two solutions to the labour unrest, he calls chaos.

He says he wants Bill 115 repealed and the Education Minister needs to step aside and give locals the latitude to have concrete and respectful discussions with all options on the table, in order to reach collective agreements.

Sharon Aloian, President of the Niagara Teacher Local says“it is in the best interests of everyone if we can reach an agreement with the board, which we have been trying to do.”

Both locals moved into a legal strike position on December 3.

During a vote on October 9th both locals received overwhelming mandates for strike action from their members.

ETFO Niagara Teacher Local represents 14-hundred elementary teachers employed by District School Board of Niagara.

Niagara Occasional Teacher Local represents 650 Occasional Teachers.

DSBN Spokesperson Brett Sweeney tells CKTB to ensure public safety the board has no other option than to close elementary schools.

Parents are being asked to begin to make other arrangements for child care Tuesday.

Catholic schools will not be impacted by the strike since teachers have reached a deal.

Meantime, on Monday, 610 CKTB gives voice to the people most affected: THE STUDENTS.

Tune into 610 CKTB Monday from 9am till noon as Tom McConnell goes live from a Niagara Falls student-lead school walk out.

Tom will be broadcasting across the street from Westlane Secondary School in Niagara Falls, as students rally to show their frustration at having their school year disrupted by teacher job action.

Joining Tom to discuss the issues will be student organizer Ryan Dale, Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor and Education Minister Laurel Broten.

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