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Final day of rotating 1-day Ont. teacher strikes

It’s the last day of planned one-day strikes for public elementary teachers in Ontario, Thursday, with educators in Kingston, London, Brockville and northern Ontario staging a walkout.

The rotating teacher walkouts have now affected every public school board in the province.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Laurel Broten said she wants to see the union that represents public elementary school teachers do more bargaining and less time planning job actions.

Broten also said any strike action by teachers in the new year will be illegal.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) said there will be a province-wide day of protest next year if the government uses Bill 115 to impose a contract on them.

The ETFO has scheduled a news conference for Friday to announce details of its next steps in its ongoing labour dispute with the provincial government.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the union representing public high school teachers says its members are voting this week on whether to support a day of political protest against Bill 115.