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VIDEO: Nova Scotia Teachers Union members vote for illegal strike, executive wants talks with government

Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Liette Douce, surrounded by members of the union's executive, speaks at a press conference in Halifax Feb. 21.
Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Liette Douce, surrounded by members of the union's executive, speaks at a press conference in Halifax Feb. 21. - The Chronicle Herald

NSTU executive says 93 per cent of membership voted

HALIFAX, N.S. -  Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Liette Doucet says the union has a "very strong strike mandate" from its membership. 

Doucet and other members of the NSTU executive held a press conference Feb. 21 outside of union offices in Halifax to announce results of the Feb. 20 vote. 

NSTU president Liette Doucet speaks to the media Feb. 21 in Halifax. - The Chronicle Herald/Facebook

Ninety three per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot, she said, with 82.5 per cent of those who voted supporting a strike. 

However,  Doucet said the NSTU wants the provincial Liberal government to sit down and talk with the union before instituting recommendations of the Avis Glaze report on education.

Three of the most contentious recommendations the goverment says it plans to adopt are: the elimination of English-language school boards, the removal of principals and vice-principals from the union and the creation of a college of teachers to govern licensing and discipline of the profession.

MLAs are expected to begin their spring sitting of the legislature Feb. 27. 

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With files from Stuart Peddle, Chronicle Herald 

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