Various Ontario teachers on strike, including French-language schools

WATCH ABOVE: French teachers from 460 francophone schools in Ontario hit the picket line for the first time on Thursday. Their concerns are similar to those raised by the other main unions. Travis Dhanraj reports.

TORONTO – Teachers in Ontario’s French system are holding a strike today, as public elementary and high school teachers walk out at select boards.

The strikes come one day after all four of Ontario’s major teachers’ unions – including the one representing English Catholic teachers – announced a joint one-day strike for next Friday, Feb. 21.

It’s a bid to ramp up pressure on the government as months of contract talks are at a standstill.

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Today’s one-day strike by 12,000 French teachers is the first such job action since the inception of French-language school boards in 1997.

Elementary teachers have been holding rotating strikes as well as weekly provincewide strikes. Today they are targeting the Bluewater, Grand Erie, Hamilton-Wentworth, Keewatin-Patricia, Lakehead, Ontario North East, Ottawa-Carleton, Peel, Penetanguishene, Protestant Separate, Simcoe County, Superior-Greenstone, Trillium Lakelands and York Region school boards, as well as the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre.

High school teachers are striking at the Algoma, Superior-Greenstone, Greater Essex, Avon Maitland, Niagara, Limestone, and Renfrew school boards.

Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) - Ontario's French-language teachers - picketing in a one-day strike on Feb 13, 2020.

Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) - Ontario's French-language teachers - picketing in a one-day strike on Feb 13, 2020.

Enzo Arimini / Global News
Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) - Ontario's French-language teachers - picketing in a one-day strike on Feb 13, 2020.

Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) - Ontario's French-language teachers - picketing in a one-day strike on Feb 13, 2020.

Enzo Arimini / Global News

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