Ontario’s four teachers’ unions are mounting a legal challenge today against a government bill they say impedes free collective bargaining.
A news conference is being held at Queen's Park this morning by members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) and Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO).
The unions argue Bill 124, the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, is a direct attack on the bargaining rights of workers in the province.
Bill 124, which was passed by the government in November, caps public sector raises at one per cent per year and affects more than a million workers at school boards, universities and colleges, hospitals, long-term care homes and other organizations.
All four unions vocally condemned the bill, saying it "ensures that compensation for educators and other public sector workers will continue to fall behind the rate of inflation."
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