Premier says teacher protest would be illegal
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says elementary school teachers who have announced a one-day protest Friday will be taking
part in an illegal strike.
McGuinty says the teachers are no longer in a legal strike position now that the province has imposed new collective agreements.
Tens of thousands of Ontario elementary teachers and education workers are set to participate in a one-day political protest Friday over the government's decision to impose the contracts. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says it's following through on what the majority of its 76,000 members said they wanted should contracts be forced on them.
Education Minister Laurel Broten urged union leaders today not to ask teachers to break the law.
The minister wouldn't say what kind of penalties striking teachers may face, saying it's up to the Ontario Labour Relations
(The Canadian Press)
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