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Saskatchewan teachers launch two-day strike

REGINA – Schools across Saskatchewan are closed because 12,000 teachers have walked away from their desks.

The teachers are staging a two-day walkout to back contract demands.

Jim Gallagher, president of the Regina Catholic School Teachers’ Association, says teachers are spending the day volunteering in their communities.

Gallagher says they are disappointed but had no choice because contract talks have stalled.

Teachers have been without a contract since the end of August and are looking for a wage increase of 16.3 per cent over three years.

The government bargaining committee calls that unrealistic.

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