Education Minister set to announce next steps in labour dispute
The Ontario Liberals are ready to announce their plan to solve the labour dispute with teachers' unions.
While there has been no official announcement from Queen's Park, The Toronto Star reports that Education Minister Laurel Broten will use Bill 115 to force a new contract on school boards that still do not have an agreement with the province.
An imposed deal would almost certainly include a wage freeze for most teachers and stricter rules on sick days.
Bill 115 was passed in the summer and gives the province special power to implement agreements.
Teachers' unions argue the 'Putting Students First Act' violates their constitutional right to collective bargaining.
Broten will comment on the government's next steps at a news conference on Thursday morning.
The president of the Ontario Elementary Teachers Federation will respond to the Minister's plan at the union's headquarters shortly after.