Today in Hamilton, Ontario, teachers are wearing black to protest Bill 115, new legislation that freezes their wages for two years, cuts sick days in half (and ends their ability to bank sick days) and bans striking for two years.
The bill, known as the Putting Students First Act, passed Tuesday morning and imposes a contract on Ontario elementary and secondary school teachers, as well as 50,000 support staff, CBC News reports.
In response, Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federations (OSSTF) local 21 bargaining unit has asked its members to refrain from volunteer and extracurricular activities today, in addition to donning black.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is asking teachers to not participate in school-based or system-level meetings on Mondays. The protest has been dubbed "McGuinty Mondays."
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