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Teachers Find Plenty Of Support

Posted by wlpo on October 20, 2009

If the people who turned out for a community meeting about the Ottawa Teacher’s Strike were asked for a solution, it would be arbitration.

The majority of the crowd of a few hundred stood and cheered last night when an audience member said only way to go was arbitration with both sides seemingly at in impasse.  A panel of four Ottawa High teachers took questions and comments from the crowd which was primarily in the corner of the teachers.  

One audience member did question the teachers about asking for money and complaining about health insurance in the current economy.  Teacher Sue Williamson didn’t address the pay raise but said teachers are willing to begin paying for insurance.

When pressed why all teachers don’t get to vote on the board’s offer, Williamson said 35 percent of teachers would get a pay cut under the board’s proposal and that the overwhelming majority of teachers don’t want to vote.  Fellow teacher Brian Guenther says the original strike vote was in the “upper 90 percentile” in favor of striking and that teachers are still unified.

 The teachers urged the audience to call board members even though some accused them of dodging phone calls.

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