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(Canada) Elementary teachers ready to strike over SPED needs/classroom violence

Nov 8, 2019, (Canada) Little Current, Ontario, Manitoulin Expositor: Elementary teachers deliver overwhelming mandate for strike action https://www.manitoulin.ca/elementary-teachers-deliver-overwhelming-mandate-for-strike-action/ Members of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have given their union a strong mandate for central strike action should it be needed during ETFO’s central bargaining negotiations. And on Monday, the teachers in Ontario’s public elementary schools moved toward a legal strike position. The ETFO and Ontario government met with a conciliator on Monday, and the union is a no-board report. ETFO’s teacher and occasional teacher members voted 98 percent in favour of strike action; and ETFO’s education worker members voted 98 percent in favour of strike action last week. “Talks have stalled at ETFO’s central bargaining tables. This is a wakeup call from our members to this government to get serious about key issues affecting educators and students including more supports for special education, class size and class structure, fair and transparent hiring practices and preservation of the current Kindergarten program,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond, in a press conference last week. “The overwhelming mandate our members have given to ETFO clearly shows they want the Ford government to bargain in good faith and arrive at a deal that is fair and reasonable for our members and that actually supports the students in our schools.”… ETFO has said more support for students with special needs, reducing class size at the elementary level, supports to address the growing problem of classroom violence, …