UPDATE: WATCH: Province wants to change teacher bargaining
The province is proposing a new-look bargaining structure for teachers in hopes of getting contract negotiations to go smoothly and avoid disruptions in schools, like boycotting extra curricular activities.
Last year, after a government imposed contract and then negotiations teachers used pressure tactics that ultimately effected kids.
This proposed bargaining structure would make it mandatory for teachers to negotiate with the province as well as their school boards. All three
Education Minister Liz Sandals says all three sides would have to agree on a contract before it gets put into place. And while she acknowledges this could make getting to a deal more complicated, she thinks talks will prove to be calmer.
She offers she doesn't think it will be easy, however.
As for when she hopes to get this in place, Sandals says in time for the next round of talks with the teachers. Their contracts expire in August of next year.
Meantime, the province's high school teachers admit the new bargaining legislation tabled by the province, will make the contract back-and-forth a little more complicated.
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) president Paul Elliott says that's mostly because it's just new. However, he says it will be interesting to see how talks go with both the province and school boards at the table.
Elliott is hesitant to say if the union agrees with the new process proposed by the province.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath wouldn't say if her party would support the legislation.