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May 5, 2004

Teacher Talks Back On

From: 580 CFRA Radio - Ottawa,Ontario,Canada - May 5, 2004

Special School teachers out since Monday

Negotiations resume in Toronto this morning aimed at ending a strike by teachers at special schools, including one here in Ottawa.

The 239 teachers hit the picket lines Monday to press for wage parity with counterparts in the public school system.

Beth Phieffer of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation says talks resumed Wednesday morning.

She says the teachers are anxious to return to class.

The teachers work with deaf, blind and deaf-blind children and in correctional institutions and demonstration schools.

The teachers say they earn up to $4 000 less than other teachers even though they require extra training.

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