As a second strike day looms, no bargaining dates for province and teachers

"There is no good reason, there is absolutely no evidence out there that says larger class sizes are better for students. It’s absurd, and the government knows that."

No bargaining dates are scheduled despite a looming one-day strike on Wednesday by public high school teachers at a number of boards across the province, including Toronto.

Members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation — which includes support and professional staff at some boards — will set up picket lines Wednesday unless the government walks back plans to boost class sizes and introduce mandatory e-learning, as well discuss salary increases above the one per cent wage cap.

The union has said if Education Minister Stephen Lecce drops the changes it will enter into “private mediation” as he has requested.

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Written by Kristin Rushowy
Toronto Star
December 9, 2019
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