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Ontario high school teachers begin job action

Left, Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachersâ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and Ken Coran, President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachersâ Federation (OSSTF) at Queen’s Park earlier this fall.

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The routines of thousands of Ontario secondary school students could see some changes Monday.

Ken Coran, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, says talks with the province have failed to reach an agreement, and as a result, OSSTF members at 20 school boards across the province, including in Toronto, will begin job actions Monday.

The sanctions were to begin last week, but were postponed for five days to give talks with the McGuinty government one last shot.

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Mr. Coran's release Monday morning doesn't specify what sanctions teachers will impose. However, they could withdraw from extracurricular activities such as coaching, suspend parent-teacher meetings, and stop submitting student attendance records.

The OSSTF represents 60,000 members and is among three unions protesting the debt-ridden government's new anti-strike law.

The law also cuts benefits, freezes the wages of most union members, and allows the province to impose its own agreement if it doesn't like what the unions and school boards negotiate.

Unions are taking the government to court, arguing the law is unconstitutional and violates collective bargaining rights.

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