Aug 17, 2012
By Bob Sheppard
The Liberals say they’re not exaggerating the risk of a teachers’ strike this fall.
Two big unions representing teachers are accusing the province of manufacturing a crisis, saying their members fully intend to go back to school next month.
But Education Minister Laurel Broten says there is a “real and meaningful” consequence to not having new contracts in place by Sept. 1.
She says some unions are planning strike votes this fall and talking about working to rule.
And just yesterday, she unveiled proposed legislation that would impose a contract on teachers if they don’t sign local agreements by the end of the month.