Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Teachers still call the shots under Liberals' new collective bargaining 'reforms'

TORONTO -- The province's powerful and often vociferous teachers unions have been unusually silent since Education Minister Liz Sandals unveiled her highly anticipated "sweeping reforms" to collective bargaining earlier this week.

Little wonder.

The new School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, which Sandals tabled Tuesday, makes an absolute mockery of the idea of reform.

The legislation guarantees that teachers unions will continue to call the shots in Premier Kathleen Wynne's Ontario.

It does nothing to prevent the next round of collective bargaining with teachers unions -- slated for next year -- from being a repeat of the last school year in Ontario, when dissatisfied teachers cut after-school activities and extra help and, in far too many cases, brought their militancy into the classroom.

In fact, this legislation does quite the opposite.  (more...)

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