The province's education minister Laurel Broten is a “liar, pure and simple. This is about union busting,” tweeted Chantal Mancini, the president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) district 21 Hamilton teachers bargaining unit, following a CBC Radio interview on Tuesday November 12, 2012 in which Minister of Education Broten discussed the labour standoff between the provincial government and teachers….

“I asked everyone to stay and around 1:30 a.m. Ken [Coran] and the OSSTF decided to leave the table,” Broten told Metro Morning host Matt Galloway….

“We left the government and the school boards about 1:30 a.m., so the minister is absolutely correct,” OSSTF president Ken Coran told Matt Galloway of Metro Morning. But Coran added that the teachers left the government “with some solutions, some ideas to consider, to further investigate, to further explore”….

Mancini, like many teachers, doesn't feel Broten is being entirely genuine in her take on the negotiations or the government's willingness to hear teachers out. Rather she feels the current impasse between teachers and the province is less about balancing the books and more the result of an unspoken “political agenda, which would involve an anti-union agenda," said Mancini.

Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago by Cambrian #79
For the Minister to omit telling Ontarians that the teachers in fact left the table after giving the government solutions to thinks about – solutions that OSSTF feels are worthwhile – is this not a lie of omission or is this just political spin doctoring? This is all about escalating and riling public opinion and this is not acceptable.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago by YinYang #78
After listening to the conversation on Metro Morning with both Broten and Coran, and given that OSSTF made suggestions to the government that they believed have merit, it is now the responsibility of the government to make the move forward to either accept or dismiss these ideas. The proverbial ball is now in the government’s court to call the teachers back to the table.

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