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WATCH: Province puts in place new teacher bargaining rules

Hopes to avoid chaos seen in last bargaining session

The province has put into place a system for teacher contract negotiations with hope of avoiding work-to rule actions seen after Ontario imposed a contract framework two years ago.

The NDP helped the Liberals pass their bill in its third reading at the legislature on Monday.

This bill was introduced as part of a promise by Kathleen Wynne when she took over the premier's office to change the way teacher contract negotiations take place.

Education minister Liz Sandals says this paves the way to a much clearer process.

In 2012, unions representing public school teachers and support staff imposed a ban on supervising extra curricular activities because of the framework which was imposed.

Sandals says the government consulted with all sides when trying to craft this new bill.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath calls this the "clean up bill," initially tabled to fix the mess which was caused two years ago with imposed teacher contracts.

Horwath says her party supported the bill so the bargaining process went a little more smoothly.

The bill now just needs royal assent to become law.

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  1. Frankie posted on 04/08/2014 01:48 PM
    More BS from the Fiberals. Teachers have been the greatest beneficiary since the Liberals came into power, even more so than the gas companies receiving our "stolen" money.

    They'll lie and pretend they're doing something just to get them past the next election then open up our tax dollars again.

    Another distraction from the disaster otherwise known as the Ontario Liberal Party.
  2. Jack posted on 04/08/2014 02:02 PM
    The ONLY way to safeguard our childrens educations and protect them from the ugly acts of extortion carried out by unionized teachers in the name of "negotiation," is to outlaw their unions and remove their privilege of going on strike.

    Real negotiation can only happen when both parties are free to walk away and take their business elsewhere, not when a union thug is holding a knife to a child's throat and screaming "GIMME, GIMME, GIMME"
  3. Todd posted on 04/08/2014 02:12 PM
    They are already well overpaid, what's more to bargain? give them what they want and raise all our costs of living every time?

    Index salaries based on tenure and I'm happy to give them bonus pay for performance and dump those teachers who need extra training in Math.
  4. Ernie posted on 04/08/2014 05:47 PM
    Teachers are now dangerously close to appearing on the sunshine lists in huge numbers. As soon as that happens, public support for teachers will drop to new all-time lows.

    It always seems to take something like that for it to click into peoples heads what's going on.
  5. Dean posted on 04/08/2014 06:09 PM
    Just remember: EVERY TIME the teachers go on strike, their pay raise comes at the cost of a tax hike for the rest of us. This raises the cost of living for everybody, leading dozens of other unions in the public AND private sectors to go on their own strikes, extort their own raises, and drive up the cost of living even further. Eventually, these constant increases coincide with the end of the teaching contracts, and guess what? They go on strike again.

    Stop the unions, stop the cycle.
  6. Lisa posted on 04/08/2014 08:00 PM
    Any teachers reading this: Look around. Look at how people see you after so many strikes where you put our kids in harm's way to make a bit of extra money. Is this what you wanted when you first said "I want to be a teacher"?

    Do the right thing. Decertify your unions, and put a stop to all this. The instructions on how to do it can be found online, and it has to be you that does it. Quit letting your union bosses drag your entire profession through the mud, with your integrity along for the ride.
  7. John posted on 04/08/2014 08:37 PM
    Looks like another deal made in heaven by the Liberals and the NDP. I am sure that in order for Andre Horvath to sign off on, that it must be a good deal for the unions and the teachers. Surprised that all we know is that a new deal has been agreeded upon. Too bad we the public, don't know what the deal is until after it is passed and when it is, I am sure that the Liberals won't be letting anyone know the details.
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