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    Ontario's education system could be thrown into complete chaos next week.

    Public Elementary School Teachers in London, and across Ontario, are planning to ramp up strike action to protest the governing Liberals controversial anti-strike law.

    Parents will get 72-hour notices of strikes planned next month, which will affect operations in each public elementary school throughout the province, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario said Wednesday. A union spokeswoman confirmed that the strikes would include teachers not being in class but would not provide further details.

    ``It is unfortunate that we have been placed in the position of having to strike by Education Minister Laurel Broten, but we will provide parents with ample notice to ensure the safety of students,'' ETFO president Sam Hammond said in a statement.

    ``By her actions, the minister has let everyone down by stripping teachers and education professionals of their democratic rights, and shutting down recent talks at the provincial level.''

    The Thames Valley District School Board says they're looking at all options, and trying to keep parents informed.

    "Safety of students is our first priority, in terms of any decisions made," said TVDSB Director of Education Bill Tucker. "If that can't be acheived, we'll probably have to take a look at school closure."

    "Lockout is a very last resort," he added. "There's no denying it's a tool school boards can use, but from my perspective I prefer to keep kids in class and teachers at work."

    But Broten and Premier Dalton McGuinty are defending the unpopular legislation, which also freezes the wages of most teachers and cuts their benefits. McGuinty insists the legislation is needed, even though it appears to be preventing some teachers from accepting new contracts.

    The legislation, also known as Bill 115, does take away a teacher's right to strike - but only if the Education Minister decides to issue an order in council. It also does not take effect until Dec.31st.

    The federation represents 76,000 elementary public school teachers in Ontario.

    Back on November 18th, the Thames Valley District school board reached a tentative deal with the union representing public high school teachers, averting strike action.

    It's been approved by the Ministry of Education, and the TVDSB.

    High school teachers have scheduled a ratification vote for Dec. 5th.

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    While it may be an unpopular view, I think they should walk out. Little progress(none) has been accomplished so far, maybe if they go on a full strike this will be settled faster.
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    AH! I am all for them having more rights, and getting more respect but GAH!!! I have exams to write for a week mid December! :S
    Hopefully the government sees how seriously this is effect not only the teachers but the children and will some how amend things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol View Post
    While it may be an unpopular view, I think they should walk out. Little progress(none) has been accomplished so far, maybe if they go on a full strike this will be settled faster.
    Agreed!

    Other unions still have their right to strike, ETFO should also.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol View Post
    While it may be an unpopular view, I think they should walk out. Little progress(none) has been accomplished so far, maybe if they go on a full strike this will be settled faster.
    I feel the same way as you, Carol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol View Post
    While it may be an unpopular view, I think they should walk out. Little progress(none) has been accomplished so far, maybe if they go on a full strike this will be settled faster.
    I agree.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol View Post
    While it may be an unpopular view, I think they should walk out. Little progress(none) has been accomplished so far, maybe if they go on a full strike this will be settled faster.
    Me too. The whole thing is ridiculous.

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    Is it all elementary school? Public and catholic boards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AuntPetunia View Post
    Is it all elementary school? Public and catholic boards?
    As far as I know, Catholic elementary settled. The press release is public only. There hasn't been any job action at our school; all sports, clubs, parent teacher interviews, school events etc have been normal. We are with the Catholic board.
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    ya i believe its just public.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol View Post
    While it may be an unpopular view, I think they should walk out. Little progress(none) has been accomplished so far, maybe if they go on a full strike this will be settled faster.
    I agree!

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    Well, I think we all agree with Carol. Rep for you!
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    I really hate how the government is pulling the “protect the kids from the strike“ crap. What a bunch of BS. We would be hugely inconvenienced by strike action, but I strongly disapprove of this tactic to turn us against the teachers legal right to strike.
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    I'm surprised it may be happening soon, but all things considred, I am 100% behind the teachers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michelleshere View Post
    I really hate how the government is pulling the “protect the kids from the strike“ crap. What a bunch of BS. We would be hugely inconvenienced by strike action, but I strongly disapprove of this tactic to turn us against the teachers legal right to strike.
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