With a one-day strike deliberate for Ontario’s highschool academics on Wednesday, who will blink first, the federal government or the academics unions?
For years now, academics have used your kids and mine as bargaining chips to try to power their will on the federal government of the day. Give us what we wish or face the wrath of offended mother and father, the academics unions have stated.
Effectively, regardless of the belief of many, it’s the Ford authorities that’s wanting just like the cheap get together on this newest spherical of contract talks.
“We made significant changes to our bargaining position. What has not transpired is any change at all by the teachers unions,” Training Minister Stephen Lecce stated at Queen’s Park throughout query interval on Monday.
Lecce, who took over the schooling file in June, has minimize authorities calls for on class measurement will increase and on-line programs.
Whereas the federal government initially wished to spice up the common highschool class measurement from 22 to 28, they’ve moved that determine right down to 25. Class sizes for Kindergarten by way of Grade three haven’t modified in any respect whereas center faculty grades elevated by a mean of 1 pupil.
As for on-line programs, the federal government initially wished college students to take 4 programs between Grades 9 and 12 and lowered that quantity to 2 programs over their highschool profession.
The union says it’s not ok.
“Those are not concessions,” OSSTF President Harvey Bischof informed CP24 on Monday.
Bischof went on to say that he’ll solely settle for a mean class measurement of 22 and doesn’t need any on-line programs for college students. Oh, and he nonetheless desires a 2% wage hike for his very properly paid members. Have I discussed the common trainer in Ontario earns $92,000 a yr, plus advantages, pensions and their three months off?
Bischof stated the union and province met for a grand whole of 30 minutes head to head this previous weekend, including he’s by no means seen something prefer it.
For his half, Lecce stated that whereas he has been prepared to budge, the union has not.
“For 203 consecutive days, the unions have made no change at all to their position, not a single substantive move, and I think that is unacceptable,” Lecce stated.
Lecce insists that the two% pay hike demanded by the union would add $1.5 billion to the price of schooling with out including a single further trainer or enhancing what is obtainable within the classroom.
As I’ve said numerous instances now, the schooling price range greater than doubled, after adjusting for inflation, underneath the Liberals. Because the Ford authorities faces an enormous and recurring deficit, they should get spending underneath management and meaning slowing the expansion of spending.
Regardless of the hype you hear elsewhere, the straightforward reality is that schooling spending continues to rise underneath the Ford authorities, it’s simply rising at a slower fee than underneath the Liberals.
Academics unions like OSSTF are hoping that within the endless battle they’ve had with each provincial authorities, that Premier Doug Ford and Lecce will blink first. Let’s hope that these two males understand that the general public is fed up with the threats, the strikes and the job actions from academics.
The federal government wants to face their floor and make the academics unions blink first.