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One Year Since Ottawa Teacher’s Strike

Posted by wlpo on September 30, 2010

As students set up Homecoming plans this week at Ottawa High School, last year at this time they were wondering when there would be school again.

A nearly month long teacher’s strike started September 30th of last year.  The teacher’s and school board eventually agreed on a new three-year contract and class started again October 26th.  Lost in the strike though were many extra-curricular activities including early finishes to many sports seasons.

Salary and health insurance were the main issues which caused the strike.  Teachers ended up getting raises each year of the three-year contract but do now have to pay more for health insurance.

Sixteen classroom days were made up at the end of the school year and on previously scheduled time off for holidays.

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