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Teachers won’t pull the trigger of the gun held to their heads 5 years ago #98

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www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/art...hers-to-go-on-strike

Tom Walkom of The Star writes:

… “The unions are being told [by the MOE]: ‘Yes, we have a gun to your head. But if you wish, you can pull the trigger yourself.’ It seems the teaching unions prefer that the government’s prints alone be on the weapon.…

Bill 115 allows the government to ban teachers’ strikes as soon as they begin and impose contract settlements. After cabinet imposes a settlement, [teachers] will be left with essentially the same wages and working conditions they would have faced had they agreed to the government’s conditions voluntarily.

BUT, the real incentive for teachers to be [steadfast against Bill 115] has to do with their long-term interests. In this dispute, Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals are trying to finesse a 2007 Supreme Court decision that bars governments from eliminating the constitutionally protected right of public sector workers to bargain collectively.

Teachers’ unions are already challenging the constitutionality of Bill 115. The Liberals hope that, by allowing collective bargaining to take place at all, they will avoid having [this] law [Bill 115] struck down. Conversely, the more the unions collaborate in sham bargaining, the weaker their legal position will be once this case reaches the courts. The government would be able to argue that by agreeing to negotiate and sign contracts under these conditions, the unions implicitly accepted the rules of the game set out in Bill 115.

Behind all of this is Ontario’s political reality. Rocked by scandals, under attack for their decision to shut down the legislature indefinitely, the Liberals are in such bad shape that their move from third to second place in the public opinion polls makes headlines. Hudak says he would freeze public-sector wages by fiat [or by an order/decree] rather than fiddle around with the niceties of bargaining. He has also taken aim at public-sector pensions.”

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Teachers won’t pull the trigger of the gun held to their heads 5 years ago #99

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So … it seems that the OLP government, along with Hudak’s Tories have a ‘secret’ agenda (surprise, surprise) and their ultimate goal is to erode and then eliminate the constitutional right upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2007 for ALL public sector workers to collective bargaining. And they want the biggest teacher’s union in Ontario to help them do just this.

If this government will not repeal Bill 115 itself, then teachers will continue to refuse to be tricked into the OLP agenda and will not participate in their charade of “substantively identical” local bargaining. If teachers did try to participate in collective bargaining at the local level as Minister Broten continues to encourage teachers to do up until Dec 31, then the legal consequences of such sham participation could be that the Supreme Court rules that the teachers do in fact accept the terms of Bill 115.

Teachers have no option, but to protest in a loud democratic voice to our government.

And we will … 92% of ETFO teachers say so.
www.etfo.ca/MediaRoom/MediaReleases/Page...r%20a%20Message.aspx
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