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OSSTF pickets MPP's office

'We tried the work to rule. We tried the information pickets. Nothing is changing at the table'
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OSSTF members participate in an information picket line in front of Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli's office. Bob Coles/CKAT.

OSSTF members wanted to make sure MPP Vic Fedeli got their message yesterday.

An information picket line walked outside MPP Vic Fedeli's office yesterday in advance of today's one-day walkout.

See: Teachers and support staff standing together at one-day picket

Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation members, including local high school teachers, educational workers and support staff are involved in the one-day strike.

Local OSSTF President Glen Hodgson told CKAT the pressure is being ramped up.

"We tried the work to rule. We tried the information pickets. Nothing is changing at the table. We had no choice but to continue to change our strategies to try and force the government to meet with us and negotiate a fair deal," he says.

Hodgson says key issues for the teachers are class sizes, mandatory e-learning, and job cuts.

He's hopeful parents understood why the one day strike is going ahead.

"They're concerned about the one day strike. But I believe they are directing their concerns to the government and pressuring them to meet with us and to negotiate a fair deal that protects public education," he says. 

Meanwhile in a release, Fedeli says the government has made major moves that demonstrate a willingness to be reasonable and reach a deal that keeps kids in class.

He says the government has doubled mental health funding and increased investment in the skilled trades, math, STEM, and special education.

Fedeli says they reduced proposed changes to secondary classroom sizes and cut the number of required online learning courses from four to two.

He says It has been over 200 days since the government began bargaining with the teachers but not one of their proposals has changed.