We offer fair deal, but they want more – Stephen Lecce
Shady Salah – Media in Toronto
Ontario Education Minister, Stephen Lecce, said on Thursday March 5th, 2020 that his government is offering a fair deal for the unions and teachers, noting that the strike was never about the benefits of the students, but the benefits of the unions’ members and teachers.
Teachers all over Ontario protested on Thursday in the second province-wide strike to happen in less than a month.
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Three of the four major teachers’ unions, Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) announced a one-day province-wide walkout last week.
Speaking to cultural media in Mississauga, the minister said that we are offering a 1% increase, which is the fair deal, according to him, describing the unions’ demands as “unacceptable”.
He said that a lot of teachers messages him saying “it’s a fair deal”, but they cannot say that in public,
“They don’t accept the 1% they want more they want a $1.5 billion sector wide increase they want benefits as high 70%. In some cases, that’s the challenge and you know, I would have loved to make that as
a trade off let’s, let’s keep what matters most to parents, which is real classroom size and special education support, but with some sort of agreement that the unions will agree the 1%. I’ve been saying it’s about
compensation,” Lecce said.
“So today I’ve now made this announcement. We’ve taken the big issues off the table the question fundamentally being is, what are you striking for, like, actually, what impedes a deal. And increasingly, I think it’s becoming true that it’s about benefits or compensation about entitlements for their members.” “I think what it shows too is that because when it comes to the philosophy of the government, we believe, parents and their children should not be financially impacted by striking teacher unions are going to make this, you know, in response great decision to strike when they should be negotiate. And I think the government actually has an obligation to do everything we can to help you on the interim while still staying focused in the long term goal, which is the deal”, Lecce said.
The Education Minister is spinning a new tale, it is a sign public pressure is working and we need to keep it up! Ask a friend to message their MPP to stop #ontEd education cuts, visit http://BuildingBetterSchools.ca/stopcuts