Province looking at a new bargaining structure for teachers
Ontario's governing Liberals are proposing to enshrine a system that's been used in the past to negotiate new labour agreements with teachers and other education workers.
Education Minister Liz Sandals says she'll introduce legislation today that, if passed, would take effect early next year before most of the existing agreements expire.
The bill would ensure trustees associations are represented at the main bargaining table, along with the government and unions, including those for support staff.
It would also require that all three parties ratify any central agreement.
The Liberals sparked a labour war with public school teachers last year when they forced new contracts on them and prevented them from striking in an effort to freeze some of their wages.
Taking a hard line resulted in major protests, including rotating one-day strikes by elementary teachers, which the Liberals said they wouldn't oppose, and the withdrawal of extracurricular activities by high school teachers.