Matthew Lau: If the goal is to have teachers paid fairly, the last thing we want is powerful unions
Matthew Lau: If the goal is to have teachers paid fairly, the last thing we want is powerful unionsOntario’s teachers’ unions are in a state of discontent. This is their normal state and cannot be altered, history has shown, by changes in premier, more funding from taxpayers, increased hiring of staff, better benefits, nor even $2.5 million from Kathleen Wynne’s government to fund the teachers’ bargaining and pizza costs in 2015.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce on Monday called on Ontario ’ s major teachers ’ unions to enter into mediation as most take steps toward strike action . He says disagreements remain at the table on key issues, including compensation, and having an independent, third party would help reach deals.
The Ontario Teachers ' Pension Plan Board ( Ontario Teachers '; French: Régime de retraite des enseignantes et des enseignants de l' Ontario or RREO) is an independent organization responsible for administering defined-benefit pensions for school teachers of the Canadian province of Ontario .
TORONTO — Ontario's four major teachers' unions will hold a joint news conference this morning to give an update on their ongoing contract talks with the province.
The unions — which represent both elementary and high school teachers in public, Catholic and French boards — have provided little detail about the planned announcement.
But last month, the four unions issued a joint statement condemning the passage of the Progressive Conservative government's wage cap legislation.
The unions say the bill, which caps all public sector salary increases at one per cent per year for the next three years, violates their charter rights.
They said at the time they were preparing a court challenge of the legislation.
The government has said the wage cap bill respects the bargaining process, noting it still allows for employees to get raises for seniority, performance or increased qualifications.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 12, 2019.
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Talks break off between province and OSSTF, union says 1-day strike will go ahead .
The union that represents public high school teachers in Ontario says a one-day strike in 10 boards will proceed on Wednesday now that contract talks between the union and province have broken off. Talks broke off on Monday, after just one day of negotiating, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) has confirmed.The union and province were scheduled to talk on Tuesday as well, but the mediator says both sides are too far apart to resume negotiations.According to the union, the issues are class sizes, mandatory online courses and funding cuts. The Ontario education ministry said the main issue is compensation.