Published September 25, 2012 | 10:15 am
Hamilton:Hamilton’s elementary school teachers voted overwhelmingly, about 97 percent in support of strike action. The union representing local elementary teachers will be meeting with school board officials to continue contract negotiations.The last time the union met with the board was in June.
The teachers’ union held a strike vote despite the province passing recent legislation forcing them into a two-year contract.Local members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) will also hold a strike vote Wednesday.
Members of the local elementary teachers’ union streamed into Copps Coliseum to cast their strike votes yesterday. The province had recently passed legislation that stripped Ontario’s public and Catholic school teachers of their collective bargaining rights, froze wages for two years and cut benefits.
Across the province, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario has asked its members to “take a pause” on volunteer extra curricular activities such as sports clubs and teams.