Nearly 2,000 Kingston-area teachers and education workers walk out

Nearly 2,000 Kingston-area teachers and education workers walk out
Roughly 30,000 people were expected to demonstrate at Queen’s Park in Toronto. In Peel Region, organizers say 20,000 education workers formed a 30-kilometre long picket line.

“I think it is amazing,” says Cassidy. “I think they were trying to set a world record in Peel.”

“We still have many things we can withdraw in our limited withdrawal of services, which is part of our strike,” says Loken.

Among the issues the two sides continue to disagree on are class sizes, e-learning and compensation.

“What they [the government] refuse to talk about in the media is that the educational workers, the support staff — their average wage across Ontario is $38,000,” says Wendy Bonnell, a representative with OSSTF, Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) and English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors.

In the elementary school system, teachers are fighting to save full-day kindergarten and keeping both a teacher and an ECE teacher in the classroom.

“And that is vitally important of the success of our JK and SK students, to move on into grade one. And be ready for the learning that they are going to need,” says Jane Roberts, president of Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Limestone Local.

“And if interventions aren’t made at that early age, then it makes it harder for those children as they move up through the grades.”
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