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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

One-Day Strike To Close Huron-Perth Public Schools Wednesday

Huron-Perth | by Fadi Didi  

Strike by Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation will close public schools Wednesday, Catholic schools not affected.

Public schools across Huron and Perth counties are shut down, as unionized secondary school staff stage a one-day walkout.

The strike action Wednesday is the fourth for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), since strikes began in late November.

Schools in the Avon Maitland District School Board will be closed during the strike, while Catholic schools in Huron and Perth counties will not be affected.

President of the Teacher's Bargaining Unit with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation Avon Maitland, Shane Restall, says the union attempted to reach out to the province, before the latest round of walk-outs was scheduled.

OSSTF suggested cancelling the strike is classroom and staffing levels returned to 2018-19 levels, a proposal rejected via tweet by Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

Instead of being in the classroom Wednesday, teachers in Huron and Perth counties will be picketing outside the Blyth constituency office of Huron-Bruce Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson, and the Stratford office of Perth-Wellington Tory MPP Randy Pettapiece.

Classes are expected to resume Thursday.

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