11/13/2019 16:13 EST

Ontario Catholic Teachers Vote 97% In Favour Of Strike

But negotiations between the union and the Progressive Conservative government will continue.

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TORONTO — Teachers in Ontario’s English Catholic system have voted 97 per cent in favour of a strike.

Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association president Liz Stuart says the vote sends a message to the government that members won’t accept an agreement that would be detrimental to learning and working conditions in schools.

The Catholic teachers are not yet in a legal strike position, and negotiations will continue.

OECTA is now the third of four major teachers’ unions whose members are heading toward potential strike action.

High school teachers are in a legal strike position as of Monday, though they won’t be off the job that day as they have not yet filed a required five-day notice.

Elementary teachers also voted for job action and will be in a legal strike position as of Nov. 25.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 13, 2019.

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