Bill 115 to be repealed next week

The provincial government has announced they will start the process of repealing the controversial Putting Students First Act

Bill 115's days are just about numbered.

The provincial government has announced they will start the process of repealing the controversial Putting Students First Act early next week. They call it "a signal of goodwill for future labour negotiations".

Earlier this month, Education Minister Laurel Broten promised to scrap the bill after using its power to force contracts on teachers & support staff.

Labour leaders weren't exactly impressed by the promise. Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario said "Minister Broten will not erase the stain of Bill 115 simply by removing it after it is used."

The government is moving forward on their promise now that support staff represented by CUPE have ratified their deals.

Through negotiations with CUPE, the province has agreed to give every education employee in the province, including teachers an extra sick day for a total of 11.

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  1. jen posted on 01/18/2013 10:40 PM
    It's not an "extra" sick day. They're taking 9 days away instead of 10.
    1. Jens student posted on 01/19/2013 03:28 AM
      @jen Boo hoo hoo
      Make sure you use them up Jen.
  2. sal posted on 01/19/2013 11:23 PM
    They are vacation days not sick days. They are the 4-10% vacation entitlement that every employee in this province gets. Teachers do not get paid Christmas, March break or during the summer. Their vacation time is given to them in the form of "sick" days to be used throughout the year and banked if unused. All of you need to secure your facts before posting.
    1. Chris posted on 01/19/2013 11:41 PM
      @sal Sal, you teachers get paid for 8-9 months work for what most of us would love to get paid fo 111/2 months work. Your benefits are the best, bar none. Your retirement is the best bar none, and you take it leaps and bounds before the rest of us. That has all been negotiated by the unions and paid for by the rest of the working taxpayers. Your sick days are ridiculous. Please don't try and tell us any different. Besides, I thought it wasn't about the money.
  3. Andrew posted on 01/20/2013 02:50 PM
    Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It's time we put thing in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for less than minimum wage. That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That ...would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to......... 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan-- that equals 6 1/2 hours). Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day...maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations. LET'S SEE.... That's $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. Wait...What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year. Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here! There sure is!

    The average teacher's salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student--a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!

    Heaven forbid we take into account highly qualified teachers or NCLB...
    1. Chris posted on 01/20/2013 03:14 PM
      @Andrew Oh. Andrew, this rant gets old. It's been posted several times. This crap doesn't wash, nobody buys it and it is very sef serving. Every teacher I know, and I know plenty, live very well, take lots of vacations, are happy because their work life is GREAT. Muskoka cottages aplenty. You certainly don't fool anyone. Just admit.... Life is good...and if it's not, get another job with 2-3 weeks vacation a year, much less benefits, a third of the sick days, if you are lucky, and a much later retirement. Your assertion that you are mistreated employees is ludicrous.
    2. Jack posted on 01/20/2013 03:40 PM
      @Andrew What a pile of manure. Do you really expect peopl to swallow this? Stop with the babysitting angle.. .. It ' s garbage. As for teachers with Masters....their choice...not necessary and not the norm. We are not buying what you are trying to sell!
  4. pierre poutine posted on 01/21/2013 12:28 AM
    who is repealing this Bill? The Legislature--nope, closed for proroguement.
    Is this Democracy??
    Goodbye Premier Wynne.
  5. Jack posted on 01/21/2013 11:47 AM
    The unions don't give a rat's ass about "goodwill for future labour negotiations." All they've ever cared about is taking all of the money for themselves and taking it right now, and whatever consequences there are from the province going bankrupt are none of their concern.

    That's the trouble with unions, their total disconnect from the consequences of their actions. If a union member screws up, the union will pile reps as high and wide as need be to make sure that member never faces the much-deserved consequences of their actions, and nobody learns a damn thing. They attack the public in pursuit of whatever lie they're telling in order to blackmail more money out of the province, and act surprised when action like Bill 115 is taken as a consequence, or when public opinion turns ferociously against them.

    Repealing Bill 115 is not the answer. Strengthening it, drafting more bills like it, putting further and further restrictions on union powers until they have completely lost their ability to hurt innocent people is the answer. Let's finally bring honesty and accountability back into the workplaces of Ontario.
    1. chris posted on 01/21/2013 01:32 PM
      @Jack I agree with you 100% Bill. As you can see from the messages by the teachers and their "supporters", they still don't get it and they still think that they can pull the wool over the public's eyes with their phony rhetoric.
  6. Ken posted on 01/21/2013 03:55 PM
    The Socialist Liberals and Communist NDP are in bed already. These spineless, useless people are in charge of a rudderless, lost, out-of-touch-with-reality non governing government.

    Dalton McGuinty will go down as the worst Premier in the history of this unlucky province. (You're welcome Bob Rae)

    The incoming "leader" and latest fiberal-ndper is just a self-interest yes-talking-head for the communists. Time for a real taxpayer rebellion. Small business and the working class need to shut down the province before their take home income is zero!

    Disgusting! I would be so embarrassed to be a liberal. Anywhere.
  7. Harry posted on 01/22/2013 01:39 PM
    Just a question: If repealing Bill 115 is to be seen as an act of goodwill, does that mean it was the opposite when they put it in place?
    1. Richard Collins posted on 01/23/2013 09:44 AM
      @Harry The Bill is being repealed as a horribly misguided goodwill gesture towards the unions, who have done nothing to earn it. When the Bill was first put into place, it was as a goodwill gesture towards students, their families, and those teachers who want to uphold their responsibilities as educators but are unfortunately subject to the bullying whims of the unions.
  8. warren posted on 01/23/2013 11:24 AM
    sick days are meant for sallaried employees if you draw a sallary you get it but 5 should be good enough . not bankable to retire early or get an extra vacation week .to be use and received when your sick only . its not as if we get our UI premiums back if we dont use them. ps if my grammar or writing skills offend you blame my teacher lol
    1. chris posted on 01/23/2013 11:43 AM
      @warren Grammar aside lol...your message comes through loud and clear and myslef and any rational person would totally agree with that!
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