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Ontario English Catholic teachers getting closer to legal strike position

Ontario's minister of education, Stephen Lecce, calls on all parties involved in negotiations to reach a deal.
Ontario's minister of education, Stephen Lecce, calls on all parties involved in negotiations to reach a deal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston

TORONTO – The union representing the province’s English Catholic teachers says it is moving closer to a legal strike position.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) requested a “no-board” report on Friday, which can take a few days to be issued.

Ontario teacher negotiations: where the unions stand, so far
Ontario teacher negotiations: where the unions stand, so far

Once that happens, teachers would be in a legal strike position 17 days later.

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The union says the government will not reverse cuts it has made which impact the classroom and it sees little prospect for further progress in talks.

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Earlier this month, the teachers voted 97 per cent in favour of a strike.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says he is disappointed by the move and called on all parties to reach a “deal in good faith.”

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