POLITICS
01/21/2020 07:03 EST

All Ontario Catholic Schools Closed Tuesday As Teachers Strike

Some public board educators are also picketing as contract talks lag.

Nathan Denette/THE CANADIAN PRESS
Teachers with the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario participate in a strike in Toronto on Monday. The unions say class sizes and mandatory e-learning courses are sticking points for the teachers in negotiations with the province.

TORONTO — Catholic schools across Ontario will be closed Tuesday, as will public high schools and elementary schools in several boards.

The union representing Catholic teachers is holding a one-day strike Tuesday, while the other two unions are engaged in rotating strikes.

All three unions, as well as the one representing teachers in the French system, say they are frustrated with a lack of progress in contract negotiations with the provincial government.

The unions say class size increases and the introduction of mandatory e-learning courses are among the sticking points, but Education Minister Stephen Lecce says compensation is the main barrier.

Boards targeted Tuesday by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation include the Toronto District School Board, Rainy River District School Board, Simcoe County District School Board, Near North District School Board, Grand Erie District School Board, Trillium Lakelands District School Board and Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario is also striking at the Grand Erie and Trillium Lakelands boards, as well as the Renfrew County District School Board and the Superior-Greenstone District School Board.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Jan. 21, 2020.

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