(Updated 9:30 a.m., Jan. 10)
seeks to prevent one day elementary teacher walkout
By Fred Sherwin
provincial government plans to seek an Ontario Labour
Relations Board injunction to prevent a one-day work stoppage
by public board elementary teachers tomorrow.
Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario is calling on
its members to hold a one day "political prostest"
to express their opposition to the provincial government
imposing a contract on their members.
to the ETFO, the one day protest is different from a strike
and is allowable under the Canadian Charter of Rights
provincial government disagrees. During a press conference
on Wednesday, Premier Dalton McGuinty said the protest
is illegal under Bill 115
province is expected to petition the board for a cease
and desist order against any work stoppage this morning
with the hope of getting a ruling by the end of the day.
Should the Board rule in the province's favour, the union
leadership would risks heavy fines should the protest
the Board rules in the union's favour, the protest would
proceed legally leaving thousands of parents scrambling
to make arrangements to look after their kids.
province says it will take a similar stance against the
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation which plans
to hold a one day protest of its own next Wednesday which
will effect public board high schools.
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