‘A significant warning’: What a one-day Ontario teachers’ strike means

The Ontario high school teachers’ strike may have lasted just one day, but it came with a “significant warning,” according to one expert.

“A one-day strike is basically a significant warning that the teachers and their representatives are serious,” Charles Pascal, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, told Global News.

Pascal added that the one-day walkout, which affected roughly 40,000 high school teachers and 15,000 support staff, signals a full-blown one could be on the way.

“Is it simply to put the government on notice that it’s not satisfied with the government’s approach to collective bargaining.”

Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation President Harvey Bischof confirmed the one-day strike action Tuesday, after four days at the table with the government led to little progress. At some boards, such as the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, where the union represents teachers and education workers, both high schools and elementary schools were closed.

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