High school teachers were on picket lines today right across our region… as their union pressures the province to get back to the bargaining table. In Kapuskasing teachers and support staff were walking around the circle since about 8 am Wednesday morning. They’ve been getting support from those walking by driving.
Tammy Belanger-Lamothe is district VP of the OSSTF from Hearst to Temagami. She notes that a mediator says the sides are so far apart… meeting makes no sense.
“The government is not interested in sitting down and actually negotiating right now,” she said. “So we need to show that we’re not willing to give up the future of education.”
Belanger-Lamothe says last time the province and union were called to the table… the union waited until the midnight deadline… but the province didn’t show up.