Ontario’s Education Minister is still hopeful the public elementary teachers’ union will agree to halt strike action and use binding arbitration in their contract talks.
ETFO is wrapping up a strike vote next week.
Teachers across the Rainy River and Kenora district cast their ballots this week.
Stephen Lecce continues to press the importance of keeping kids in school.
“If we want to lift standards and improve outcomes and help improve the success rates in graduation, then we need stability in schools. It’s consequential to their mental and physical health and obviously their academic success,” says Lecce.
High school teachers across the province voted nearly 80 per cent in favour of accepting the government proposal.
Contract talks are continuing up until October 27.
Any outstanding issues will be forwarded for an arbitrator to rule.