This morning, Durham public high school teachers will be heading to the picket lines instead of the classrooms.
Over the weekend, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation halted all talks with the province.
Along with demanding an unpaid day off, the union had accused the government of seeking to claw back previous gains.
According to the Toronto Star, this walk out is "widely seen as the start of a wave of teacher unrest across the province, with six more boards targeted in the coming weeks and other unions growing increasingly frustrated at the bargaining table."
This is the first time all three stakeholders -- the provincial government, school board associations and unions -- are bargaining under new legislation that was "supposed to help avoid labour chaos," such as the walkouts and work-to-rule campaigns of recent years.
"While the complexity of the new system can be blamed for some of the delay," the Star reports, "teachers have been without a contract since last August and the union is now putting pressure on the provincial talks with local strike action that could hit Peel, Halton, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Ottawa and Waterloo in short order."
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