BACK-TO-WORK LEGISLATION FOR TEACHERS

May 28, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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Ontario has passed back-to-work legislation for high school teachers in three boards – ensuring they can’t strike again for the rest of the year.

High schools in the Durham, Peel and Rainbow districts reopened yesterday after the Ontario Labour Relations Board ruled the strikes illegal.

The board only ordered a two-week moratorium on the strikes – so the Liberal government proceeded with back-to-work legislation banning strikes in those boards for the rest of the school year.

But the legislation does nothing to quell the potential unrest looming for the fall semester.

All of Ontario’s major teachers’ unions have raised the possibility of strikes in September.

And the English Catholic teachers say if no progress is made in bargaining over the summer they may launch a work-to-rule in September.

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