NEWS
09/21/2015 11:47 EDT | Updated 09/21/2016 01:12 EDT

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, John Abbott College teachers to hold strike vote

More teachers are voting today on whether to give their unions a strike mandate.

Teachers in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board and at John Abbott College are both casting ballots.

They must decide whether to approve the option to hold six days of rotating strikes.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board teachers are voting both today and Tuesday, while John Abbott teachers are voting today.

The Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board is the third-largest English school board in Quebec, with 26 elementary schools, nine high schools, five adult education and vocational training centres.

Two English school boards on Montreal's South Shore, New Frontiers and Riverside, have already approved a strike mandate.

The Fédération autonome de l'enseignement (FAE) — a union federation representing teachers at French-language schools — said last week that 34,000 of its members would hold a one-day strike on Sept. 30.

That strike day is expected to affect 275,000 students in 10 Montreal-area school boards.  

Public school teachers have been without a contract since last April. 

Upcoming strike votes for Montreal-area English schools and boards​​

- John Abbott College: Sept. 21

- Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board: Sept. 21-22

- Eastern Townships School Board: Sept. 23

- Lester B. Pearson School Board: Sept. 23-24

- English Montreal School Board: Sept. 24

- Vanier College: Sept. 25

- Dawson College: Sept. 28-29