Today's teachers strike: what you need to know
York Region elementary teachers staging one-day walkout.
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario-York Region president David Clegg and staffers Catherine Sohl (left) and Tui-Shen Won prepare picket signs at the union's Aurora offices today.
There are a few areas in York Region you may want to avoid today if you wish to bypass the latest school labour unrest.
Between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., York Region elementary and occasional teachers will picket outside school board offices on Wellington Street, just west of Yonge Street, in Aurora.
Teachers will also protest outside all seven York MPPs’ offices, including Michael Chan, at 450 Alden Rd. in Markham, Steven Del Duca, 9587 Weston Rd. in Woodbridge, Helena Jaczek, 137 Main St. N. in Markham, Frank Klees, 14845 Yonge St. Aurora, Reza Moridi, 9891 Yonge St. in Richmond Hill, Julia Munro, 45 Grist Mill Rd. in Holland Landing and Peter Shurman, 1136 Centre St. in Thornhill.
If today’s protest in Ottawa is any indication, the pickets won’t be too disruptive.
Picket lines set up by members of the Ontario Elementary Teachers Federation in Ottawa-Carleton yesterday were marked by car honking, donut runs and deliveries of hot chocolate.
“We have experienced a very respectful day,” Ottawa-Carleton District School Board communications officer Sharlene Hunter said.
“Parents have respected the teachers’ legal strike position. Employees who crossed picket lines were respectful of the striking workers and the striking workers respected their colleagues. As one reporter said to me, this is the quietest picket she has ever reported on.”
Unlike York Region, which has opted to keep schools open but strongly encourage parents to find alternate arrangements, the Ottawa board closed the doors of all 117 elementary schools yesterday.
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