Broten Brushes Aside Potential Teachers Court Challenge
One day after the McGuinty Government decided to call MPPs back from summer break early to deal with tabling teacher contract legislation, the Education Minister is shrugging off the idea about a potential court challenge.
Laurel Broten notes the two sides had the opportunity to bargain over six months and until the current contract runs out on August 31st. Without the legislation, the current contract would be carried over on September 1st.
She made the comments after touring Rose Avenue Junior Public School by Parliament and Wellesley on Tuesday.
After thanking the province's French and catholic teachers for agreeing to contract frameworks that include a two-year wage freeze the province wants, Broten asked both Elementary and Secondary teachers to come back to the table as well.
She reveals the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) is talking to local boards but says she hasn't heard anything from the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
She also asked opposition make their voices heard regarding the proposed bill, which will be tabled Monday.