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Ontario government, OSSTF agree to return to bargaining table

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TORONTO – The Ontario government and the union representing public high school teachers have agreed to return to the bargaining table next week.

The news comes as teachers at nine school boards held a one-day strike today for the second time in as many weeks.

Members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation have been without a contract since their last one expired at the end of August.

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The union has blamed the Progressive Conservative government for the lack of progress in their negotiations.

The latest round of negotiations is tentatively scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says he believes a voluntary agreement can be achieved but called on the union halt further job action.

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The two parties haven’t held talks since last week, when the OSSTF launched a one-day strike that affected all high schools — and some elementary schools — in the province.