Elementary schools were closed Wednesday, Dec. 12 as teachers in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board staged a one-day strike. About 100 teachers from Prince Edward County participated in the demonstration at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Picton – on two 50-member shifts. They were joined in solidarity by Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation members.
The strike was confirmed in writing last Friday afternoon by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Hastings-Prince Edward Local. All elementary schools were closed to students until Thursday, Dec. 13.
Secondary school teachers were not involved in the job action. PECI remained open.
The public teacher unions are in a province-wide dispute with the provincial government about Bill 115, the Putting Student First Act. Elementary teachers in HPEDSB are in a legal strike position as of Dec. 10, 2012. Secondary teachers in HPEDSB were in a legal strike position on Monday, November 12, 2012.
“We thank our parents and guardians for their patience and understanding as we work through this legal strike with our elementary teachers. Hastings and Prince Edward is in a similar position to other public school boards in Ontario where one-day strikes and teacher withdrawal of services are occurring in response to Bill 115, the Putting Students First Act,” stated Rob McGall, Director of Education.
Approximately 640 permanent and 43 occasional teachers are employed by HPEDSB which serves approximately 16,000 students (10,400 elementary and 5,525 secondary) at 42 elementary and eight secondary schools.
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