Elementary teachers in Durham, Lambton Kent and Algoma announce one-day strike for Jan. 30

Another week of rotating school board strikes will affect elementary teachers at the Durham, Lambton Kent and Algoma school boards on Jan. 30.

Teachers at the three school boards will be striking Thursday according to an Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) media release. Teachers are required to give five days notice for any job action. The ETFO released a statement on Jan. 25.

The provincial government and ETFO have not been at the bargaining table for 37 days. Their last session was on Dec. 19.

The ETFO previously announced that members in Simcoe, Waterloo and Keewatin-Patricia locals will conduct a one-day strike Jan. 27. Members in Kawartha Pine Ridge, Hastings-Prince Edward, Upper Grand, Moosenee and Moose Factory will strike for one day on Jan. 28, and members in Greater Essex, Limestone, Near North and Upper Canada will strike for one day on Jan. 29.

ETFO represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.

The elementary teachers’ union has said key issues include smaller classes, better supports for special needs students, a commitment to full-day kindergarten, as well as compensation.

The province is offering a one per cent annual raise but teacher unions are seeking cost of living, or about two per cent a year. The province is providing parents with up to $60 a day per child to help cover the cost of daycare when teachers strike.

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With files from Kristin Rushowy

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