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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Teachers Picket at Saugeen District Senior School

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Walkouts held province-wide.

About 100 teachers and support workers were on the sidewalk rather than in classes today in a one-day walkout.

The scenario at Saugeen District Senior School (SDSS) played out in front of other schools across the province as well.

The workers paraded up and down Gustavus Street in Port Elgin in front of the school Wednesday afternoon, armed with signs and flags, saying "No Cuts to Education."

The province has been in talks with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) for some time but no deal has been struck.

The President of the local secondary teachers bargaining unit, Betty-Jo Raddin, says they're concerned about class sizes, which she says in "Some of our schools, our classes are so large that we're right at maximum capacity under the fire code."  

The Vice-President of Professional Student Services personnel, psychologist Tracy MacGregor says they represent speech pathologists, psychologists and mental health workers who assist the most vulnerable kids in the system.

MacGregor says her group wants to give the best service they can and support the teachers in their goals.

The teachers and support workers received a lot of support from passing motorists who were honking horns as they drove by.
 

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