Ontario Teachers Strike

October 27, 1997


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Ontario Teaches Strike
Ontario Teachers Strike
dated October 27, 1997


Ontario Teachers Strike

126 thousand teachers hit the bricks, Monday Oct 27th, effectively shutting down Ontario's primary and secondary education system. Walking the picket line with them were CAW members including national president Buzz Hargrove who re-affirmed the CAW's commitment to the teachers in their fight against the Harris government.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"This doesn't make sense what's happening here. These teachers are very moderate people who are interested in our kids, interested in the future, yet they are being forced out here because of a government has one thing in mind, trying to turn more power and wealth over to those who already have too much power and wealth."



The teachers are staging a political protest against Bill 160, which they say is a threat to public education and will cut spending on education by 667 million dollars.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President





" This is a power grab on the side of government. This is about government taking over control of education for one purpose, to cut cost out. To cut hundreds of millions of dollars out so they can pass it on in tax breaks, mostly to the wealthy in the province at the expense of quality education. So teachers like any other profession, if you are serious about what you are doing, and you understand the importance of it to the future of our province and country then you have no choice but to be on the picket line in defense of education."

Hargrove renewed his pledge to use the solidarity of the CAW if the Harris government escalates their fight with the teachers.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
If they use a heavy hand of government to try and destroy the teachers unions by saying they are going to decertify the unions and throw the leaders in jail; that we will very quickly call upon our members, including putting picket lines up around the work places in this province, in support of the teachers.

With 30 years of experience in the labour movement, Hargrove, no stranger to a picket line, had some words of encouragement for the teachers.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"Hang in there and you will, I believe, end up showing that we can, if we work together, ensure that we do have quality public education for the future. Our children, our future depends on you."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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