The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario protested outside the Ministry of Education office at Bay and Wellesley in Toronto on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, to oppose Bill 115. (MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun)
TORONTO - Hundreds of teachers held a loud protest outside Education Minister Laurel Broten’s downtown office Tuesday night.
The disgruntled group gathered at Bay and Wellesley Sts. in their latest of a series of job actions and protests against the government’s controversial Bill 115.
The provincial government used the legislation to impose contracts on public school teachers which freeze their wages and eliminate bankable sick days.
“Teachers continue to express outrage over our rights to bargain. Others haven’t had this legislation. We are here to express our concern and we are hopeful the next leader of the Liberals will give us the opportunity to negotiate,” said Martin Long, president of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT).
Teachers want to send the message that their fight is not over, added Andy Lomnicki, vice-president of the ETT.