Feb 23, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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The union representing Ontario’s high school teachers has reached a tentative agreement with the provincial government to extend their contracts past the next election.
That means the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation is the final education union to reach such a deal, and if all are approved, then the Wynne Liberals would not face any bargaining leading up to the next vote in June 2018.
All the contracts were set to expire this August but instead would be extended to August 2019.
The last round of negotiations with the various education unions saw support staff and elementary teachers stage work-to-rule campaigns and the government threatening to dock their pay.
The extension talks arose as part of discussions over a court ruling that said the government violated their collective bargaining rights.
The extensions are all contingent on amendments to the bargaining legislation which were tabled by the government this week.
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