The Nova Scotia Teachers Union says it will hold a one day province-wide strike on Friday to protest the government's legislated contract.
The NSTU says the premier and his government has shown a lack of respect for teachers, students and their families.
Here is the full statement by the NSTU.
President Liette Doucet says the result is the first province-wide teacher strike ever in Nova Scotia.
"It tells me that this government has made some bad decisions, they have not bargained in good faith and they have pushed us into taking this action. And, yes this is the first time in 122 years, which sends a message itself."
Doucet adds, members have never faced a more anti-education premier than Stephen McNeil.
"Membership continues to be very angry. They feel disrespected, they believe that this government is doing nothing for students, they're doing nothing to ensure the success of the students by providing the resources that they need."
She says teachers will use the day to head to Province House to let MLAs know how government’s actions are impacting the public education system and public sector workers.