Secondary teachers hold walkout

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At least half of Mackenzie Community School will be closed today as members of the province’s secondary school teachers federation stage a one-day walkout.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced last Thursday that its members would take part in a “one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services” on Wednesday, December 4, “if a new agreement is not reached before then.”

OSSTF president Harvey Bischof said teachers recognize that “our one-day walkout will cause short-term disruption in the lives of students and parents, and we are disappointed that we’ve been driven to take this job action.”

“We cannot, however, stand aside and do nothing while the long-term interests of students are being compromised by the Ford government.”

On Monday, the Renfrew County District School Board announced that the one-day walkout would also mean the cancelling of all Kindergarten classes.

“Kindergarten classes are affected by the OSSTF walk-out because all District elementary ECEs (Early Childhood Educators) are currently members of the OSSTF – along with all secondary teachers and all secondary office managers,” the board said in a statement.

“Classes for students in secondary schools and students in kindergarten will resume on Thursday, December 5, 2019.”

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(Photo: Secondary teachers from Mackenzie Community School and supporters were at the Deep River post office Monday to hold an information picket.)