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Ottawa, Dec 4 (Canadian-Media): Public high schools across Ontario are shut down today as the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) launched the strike at midnight Tuesday night following another failed negotiations with the government, media reports said.
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This is the first time since 1997 its members have gone on strike, although the union has had difficulty in negotiations with previous provincial governments.
Some 40,000 high school teachers and 20,000 support staff represented by the union walked off the job Wednesday.
Schools shut down by the one-day walkout include those at these boards: TDSB; Peel District School Board; York Region District School Board; Durham District School Board; Waterloo Region District School Board; Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board; MonAvenir Catholic School Board; Thames Valley District School Board in London; Ottawa-Carleton District School Board; Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board and Lakehead Public Schools.
The OSSTF has been without a contract since the end of August and started a work-to-rule campaign last week.
Stephen Lecce, Ontario Education Minister has not succeeded so far in reaching a deal with the province's teachers' unions.