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Ontario passes back-to-work legislation for high school teachers

Teachers and supporters from Sinclair Secondary School in Whitby, Ont. walk the picket line outside the Durham District School Board on April 28 2015.
Teachers and supporters from Sinclair Secondary School in Whitby, Ont. walk the picket line outside the Durham District School Board on April 28 2015. Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

TORONTO – Ontario has passed back-to-work legislation for high school teachers in three boards, ensuring they can’t strike again for the rest of the year.

High schools in the Durham, Peel and Rainbow districts reopened yesterday after the Ontario Labour Relations Board ruled the strikes illegal.

The labour relations board only ordered a two-week moratorium on the strikes, so the Liberal government proceeded with back-to-work legislation that bans strikes in those boards for the rest of the school year.

But the legislation does nothing to quell the potential unrest looming for the fall semester.

All of Ontario’s major teachers’ unions have raised the possibility of strikes in September.

Secondary school teachers have said they’re considering a provincewide strike in the fall.

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The elementary teachers are looking at extending their work-to-rule campaign.

And the English Catholic teachers say if no progress is made in bargaining over the summer they may launch a work-to-rule in September.