Ontario high school teachers planning protests at MPP's offices
A teacher from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board pickets in this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo. (Cole Burston/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Wednesday, January 16, 2013 6:56AM EST
TORONTO -- Public high school teachers plan demonstrations across southern Ontario today to protest Bill 115 -- the controversial legislation that allowed the governing Liberals to impose new contracts on them.
Plans by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation for a day of political protest were scuttled last week when the Ontario Labour Relations Board ruled a similar action by elementary teachers would be an illegal strike.
The high school teachers plan after-school demonstrations in at least 14 school districts across southern Ontario, including Chatham, Mississauga, Barrie and Kingston.
The province has vowed to repeal Bill 115 now that it has served its purpose, but the teachers say the legislation trampled their democratic rights.
About 2,000 Toronto public elementary school teachers demonstrated Tuesday evening outside the Ministry of Education offices.