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Teachers call one-day strikes in Northern Ontario board

High school teachers in Northwestern Ontario will strike one day a week as they ramp up their job action against the Rainy River District School Board.

“We expected that this was a possibility, but we really, really hoped this was not the direction they chose to take,” said chair Dianne McCormack, adding that the Fort Frances-area board expects to receive 24 hours’ notice.

Kent Kowalski, president of District 5B of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, told the Star the decision to walk off the job comes after sanctions have “steadily increased since December,” and upped each time local talks have broken down.

The strikes come as two other Ontario branches of the OSSTF are also without local contracts. Toronto and Trillium Lakelands — which covers Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Muskoka — are also engaged in job action, though no strikes are planned.

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