Ontario’s governing Liberals announced Thursday they have imposed new contracts on tens of thousands of teachers and education workers in public schools across the province, a move union leaders called a “disgraceful use of government power.”
Education Minister Laurel Broten said she used Bill 115 to impose the new collective agreements on elementary and high school teachers, to freeze wages and stop strikes as the government battles a $14.4-billion deficit.
“I have been left with no other reasonable option than to exercise my authority under the Putting Students First Act to put in place fair and balanced collective agreements across the province in all school boards that were unable to reach and ratify local collective agreements with the unions by Dec. 31, 2012,” she told reporters at a news conference.
However, Broten said the province will repeal Bill 115 once the contracts are imposed, recognizing the controversial anti-strike law has…
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