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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

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 Board.

(The Canadian Press)

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  1. Greg posted on 01/09/2013 06:07 PM
    Oh, Dalton! You're so funny! Calling their walk-out illegal as if you had the stones to do anything about it. Prediction: The teachers will walk out Friday, there will be much strong talk and retoric from McGuilty and Broten...and that's about it.
    Law and order mean NOTHING to this part as witnessed in Caledonia and the current Idle No More protests going on.
    As usual there will be big talk and no follow through.
    1. Josie posted on 01/09/2013 06:15 PM
      @Greg This province is in such a mess it makes you just want to give up and move to another province. There is no leadership and if anyone dare to try and take the reigns, curbs the unions and be fiscally responsible...well....the howling lefties come out of the woodwork and try to stop it at every turn.
    2. Seymour Butz posted on 01/10/2013 07:01 AM
      @Greg Do anything about it? They're going to the Labour Relations Board today to try and prevent the strike. Believe me, I'm no fan of Dalton's but what else can they do?
  2. DMCP posted on 01/09/2013 07:14 PM
    The teachers must be fired. Give the law biding citizens of this province something. this can't go on. Job fairs on Monday.
  3. Ana Zah posted on 01/09/2013 11:06 PM
    McGuinty did nothing in Caledonia. McGuinty did nothing during the First Nations protest. He will do nothing if the teachers actually do walk out. Spineless. Period.
  4. Ernie posted on 01/09/2013 11:35 PM
    We need a Ronald Reagan move - just like the air traffic controllers. Fire every one of them that does not show up for work on friday. Only hire back the good ones on Monday with loss of pay scale and benefits.
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