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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Teachers Start Information Pickets in Saugeen Shores

Port Elgin | by John Divinski  

Negotiations with province continue.

Saugeen Shores high school teachers are getting their message out as contract negotiations with the provincial government continue.

The first information picket was held at Coulter Parkette in Port Elgin.

About 40 teachers were on all four corners of the intersection at Green and Goderich Streets on a wet, windy and chilly Wednesday, handing out flyers on what they stand for.

Branch president for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation at Saugeen District Senior School, Don Matheson says the cuts that the Doug Ford government has made to education are hurting students.

He says, "We've been trying to negotiate with the government but they don't seem to want to listen to us."

Teachers are in a legal strike position but negotiations continued yesterday and are expected to continue today.

Matheson says, in the meantime, the learning environment in the high school is being compromised with some classes having as many as 36 students in them.

He also says the government wants to cut teachers in the classroom making it difficult to provide the education the students need to graduate.

He says the teachers' goal with the pickets and pamphlets is to let the general public know that they are doing it for the kids.

"We want to make sure the kids have the best learning possibilities," at their disposal.

Matheson says other pickets will pop up throughout Saugeen Shores, in order to get the message out to as many people as possible.

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