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Schools Closed Friday As Teachers Strike

Thursday February 20th, 2020, 7:56pm

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Thousands of children in Windsor and Essex County are staying home Friday as Elementary and secondary teachers and education workers represented by the four major education unions in Ontario hold a one-day walkout across the province to back demands for a new contract.

The four unions are the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO).

Fridays strike will mark the first time since the political protest of 1997 that teachers and education workers from Ontario’s main education affiliates will all be out of their classrooms on the same day.

In total, nearly 200,000 teachers and education workers will strike across 72 school boards, affecting nearly 5,000 schools.

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