High School Teachers to Hold After School Protests
Public high school teachers plan demonstrations across southern Ontario today to protest Bill 115, the controversial legislation that allowed the governing Liberals to impose new contracts on them.
Plans by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation for a day of political protest were scuttled last week when the Ontario Labour Relations Board ruled a similar action by elementary teachers would be an illegal strike.
The high school teachers plan after-school demonstrations in at least 14 school districts across southern Ontario, including Chatham, Mississauga, Barrie and Kingston.
In Toronto, the secondary school teachers joined the Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT) for a rally outside the Ministry of Education building at Bay and Wellesley on Tuesday evening.
About 2,000 teachers were present for the protest.
The province has vowed to repeal Bill 115 now that it has served its purpose, but the teachers say the legislation trampled their democratic rights.
(w files from the Canadian Press)