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Teachers in Timmins, Stratford to hold one-day strikes Monday

Classrooms could be void of teachers, if they vote for a full-scale walk-out

Elementary teachers in northern Ontario and the Stratford area will strike Monday in a one-day demonstration — the first in a string of rotating strikes to hit the province beginning next week.

In a letter sent home with students Wednesday, the District School Board Ontario North East says schools will be shut down Monday.

“The Board apologizes for the interruption to student achievement on this day,” the letter says.

“If any further strike action is to occur, we will again inform you in as timely a fashion as possible.”

Schools will reopen Tuesday.

Teachers in the Avon Maitland District School Board will also strike Monday.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario announced plans Wednesday to hold one-day strikes to protest provisions of Bill 115 — that allows the province to quash strike action or impose a collective agreement, the ETFO said in a release.

The teachers’ union said 92 per cent of elementary school teachers voted in favour of a “one-day political protest.”

Broten has scheduled a news conference for Thursday morning to address the one-day strikes announced by the teachers in northern Ontario and the Stratford area.

“I understand parents are concerned about the impact of this on their families,” Broten said Wednesday in a release.

“I am taking the time to consider all the options available to our government,” she said.

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