April 20, 2015

Durham teachers' strike may be just the beginning of labour unrest

Rebel Staff

This morning, Durham public high school teachers will be heading to the picket lines instead of the classrooms.

Over the weekend, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation halted all talks with the province.

Along with demanding an unpaid day off, the union had accused the government of seeking to claw back previous gains.

According to the Toronto Star, this walk out is "widely seen as the start of a wave of teacher unrest across the province, with six more boards targeted in the coming weeks and other unions growing increasingly frustrated at the bargaining table."

This is the first time all three stakeholders -- the provincial government, school board associations and unions -- are bargaining under new legislation that was "supposed to help avoid labour chaos," such as the walkouts and work-to-rule campaigns of recent years.

"While the complexity of the new system can be blamed for some of the delay," the Star reports, "teachers have been without a contract since last August and the union is now putting pressure on the provincial talks with local strike action that could hit Peel, Halton, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Ottawa and Waterloo in short order."

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commented 2015-04-20 15:15:56 -0400
It won’t be long and you will hear the teachers saying they are “Doing it for the good of the children”, and then Wynne will give them what they want saying that she is “Doing it for the good of the children”, meanwhile the debt of this province will increase and they will not be able to balance the budget as promised.
commented 2015-04-20 14:25:18 -0400
Don’t worry, Dana, Winnie is working on it.

As every good left winger knows, all that is bad that has ever happened in Canada and all that will be bad that might happen in Canada is all Harper’s fault as he personally caused, is causing and will cause them all. I mean, he IS a Conservative AND a Christian, after all. That’s a double whammy, for sure! (sarcasm, for those who did not pick that up)
commented 2015-04-20 13:26:46 -0400
You mean Winnie hasn’t found a way to blame the Federal gov’t for this strike, well gollie…she must be slipping.
commented 2015-04-20 12:17:00 -0400
The doctors of Ontario just had their fees CUT by 3.2% and these greedy pigs want more money? Why is it OK for doctors to take it up the chute for the Marxists in power, and yet their greedy supporters want to steal the money taken from medicine? CUT ALL PUBLIC EMPLOYEES AND POLITICIANS BY THE SAME AMOUNT! POLITICIANS HAVE NEVER TAKE A PAY CUT!!!! DISGRACEFUL SWINE.
commented 2015-04-20 12:04:56 -0400
Allow Principals and other management to cover the class information (as take home work for the students or work to be found on-line). Then allow the exams to be taken at home or on line (just like being home schooled).

Let the teachers stay on strike as long as they want. We have to take this monopoly away from them.
commented 2015-04-20 12:01:18 -0400
With the school year ending and the teachers contracts ending. This would be the opportune time to privitise all the schools. By privitising the sclool system we would be affirming the teachers of there wish to be recognized as professionals, they then could name their own price. ( What the market would bear) The government could save our money by useing a voucher system. This would give back the chose of parents to which school they would send their kids to.
commented 2015-04-20 10:53:14 -0400
Can someone please explain to me why we allow teachers to return to work without a contract? It always only leads to strikes in the middle of the school year and is very disruptive to students and parents. Why don’t we put our collective foot down and tell the Unions that if there is no contract in place, than the school year does not begin. If it takes them a month to get an agreement, then so be it. However long it takes them to come to an agreement can be tacked on to the end of June.
commented 2015-04-20 10:49:02 -0400
Of course this is just the beginning of labour unrest. It is an election year. Big labour will cause as much unrest as it can, hoping to promote Tom because, as we know, Justin is falling fast.

Ontario PC Party voters must decide who – Elliott or Brown – can beat not Wynne but Horwarh in the next Ontario election. And Alberta, be careful not to split the right so the NDP takes power. You can be sure they have their hand in provoking right-wing insider conflict.

As for national labour unrest, I think it will be an interesting summer.
commented 2015-04-20 10:42:33 -0400
what the hey, look like you are negotiating and then just raise all the public wages, they are all just friends…
commented 2015-04-20 10:13:50 -0400
The voters of our fair province who voted in this Liberal government are beginning to “get pay back” for doing so. And, the unions get what they deserve for propping up this government! I have no sympathy for striking teachers! My sympathy is for parents and students who are the ones suffering!
commented 2015-04-20 09:21:47 -0400
Now that Wynn has already negotiated the lucrative contracts with the schools, she cannot claw it back. She can only negotiate when the contract comes up for renewal. She made her bed by giving the school board a nice lucrative contract to buy their votes, and unfortunately the Ontario tax payers have to “lay” in that bed.

Ontarians, you got what you voted for. I just hope Alberta does not do the same thing and vote in the PCs again.
commented 2015-04-20 08:38:20 -0400
LMFAO!!!! More crud courtesy that disgusting pedophile at Queen’s Park – yes, that would be you Wynne.