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Hamilton Elementary Public School Teachers on a One-Day Strike on Monday

By Ryan McGreal
Published December 14, 2012

According to the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB), the city's elementary public schools will be closed on Monday as teachers go on a one-day strike.

The HWDSB just posted a labour update [PDF] from education director John Malloy and trustee chair Tim Simmons to announce that all classes and transportation at elementary schools are cancelled on Monday, December 17.

Without adequate staff, the Board cannot keep the schools open, so parents and guardians will need to make alternate child care arrangements on that date.

Schools will re-open and classes will resume on Tuesday, December 18.

The teachers, who are members of the Hamilton-Wentworth Elementary Teachers Local (HWETL), are engaging in a one-day strike to protest Bill 115, which was passed in September 2012 and grants the Ontario Government the power to prevent strikes or lockouts in the labour disputes between teachers' unions and school boards.

The unions argue that Bill 115 violates their collective bargaining rights.

So far, the Ontario Government has not exercised its power under Bill 115, and job actions by the teachers have escalated from work-to-rule to rolling one-day strikes. The teachers unions have committed that they will provide 72 hours' notice before any job action.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted December 14, 2012 at 12:55:56

Royal Botanical Gardens has announced that they are holding a one-day drop-in camp on Monday for families who need child care.

No school? No problem! Come out and enjoy a day of fun in nature. Royal Botanical Gardens day camp staff will lead you on a day of environmental fun. Our award winning environmental education programs feature hikes, crafts, activities and explorations of ecologically significant nature sanctuaries covering over 1,000 hectares of wetlands, fields and forests. For more than 25 years RBG has been providing meaningful and fun day camp programs in one of the most biologically diverse natural areas in Canada. Get the most out of the outdoors during a day of discovery, environmental appreciation and outdoor adventure.

You can register ahead of time by phone at 905-527-1158 or drop your child off on Monday. If you're not registering ahead of time, please print out a registration form [PDF] and fill it in before you arrive.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted December 14, 2012 at 13:22:22

CBC Hamilton has some more child care options for Monday.

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By Anonymous (anonymous) | Posted December 14, 2012 at 23:22:17

The teachers are a bunch of greedy, self-serving bums. Over paid and and compensated with too much time off. No wonder there are so many people dying to get in to such a lucrative, easy-going position! How dare they hold our children hostage.

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By DowntownInHamilton (registered) | Posted December 17, 2012 at 22:05:04 in reply to Comment 83958

Someone sounds jealous...

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By Woody10 (registered) | Posted December 19, 2012 at 00:17:31

Ya, really jealous. And ignorant. Maybe it's Tim Hudak??

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