Elementary teachers walking out over pay, Dalton McGuinty says

Premier Dalton McGuinty (QMI AGENCY files)

Premier Dalton McGuinty (QMI AGENCY files)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 1:43 PM ET

TORONTO - A paycheque issue has prompted the union representing Ontario's public elementary teachers to break a nine-year record of no school days lost to labour strife, Premier Dalton McGuinty says.

“Today, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has disrupted nine years of labour peace over a disagreement about pay,” McGuinty said in a statement issued Monday. “It’s regrettable that students miss any time learning, and it’s unfortunate that families will need to make alternate arrangements.

“While inconvenient, these one-day legal strike actions do not warrant the intervention of the government and are a small price to pay to protect full-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes and 10,000 teaching jobs,” he said.


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