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Nova Scotia teachers to stage one-day strike in protest against imposed contract

Last Updated Feb 17, 2017 at 4:00 am EST

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s public school teachers are set to conduct a one-day strike today — a historic first in the union’s 122-year history.

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union is protesting the Liberal government’s plans to impose a four-year contract on the 9,300 members of their union.

The Liberal government is expected to continue pushing Bill 75 through the legislature after the law amendments committee heard testimony from teachers and members of the public on Thursday.

Teachers told legislators that problems ranging from student violence to the neglect of students with learning disabilities will worsen if government pushes through Bill 75.

High school teacher Tim MacLeod says the rise in student mental illness issues is overwhelming teachers, while other teachers said they can no longer cope with classrooms where students with learning disabilities aren’t receiving enough support.

Premier Stephen McNeil has said his governing Liberals have tried to negotiate an agreement with the teachers over the past 16 months, and continuing negotiations will only lead to ongoing disruption in the classroom.