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Education funds lowest; Startling New Ontario Findings

Education funds lowest; Startling New Ontario Findings

Less than 2 years ago an Ontario-wide coalition of more than 90 groups and organizations concerned with growing inequality released an unprecedented report showing that Ontario has sunk to last place in Canada when measured against every important social indicator.  “Most people would be shocked to know that Ontario has seen the largest increase in income inequality and the second largest ju... »

The day the music stopped?

The day the music stopped?

April 09, 2013 16:27 ET                        Toronto District School Board Eyes Slashing Music Program TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 9, 2013) – Massive cuts to the elementary school music program were placed on the agenda last night at the Toronto District School Board’s Budget Committee. Again facing the annual structural deficit, senior staff tabled a discussion... »

Teachers, education workers take McGuinty to court

Teachers, education workers take McGuinty to court

Launching Charter challenge to defend democratic rights of Ontarians. The Ontario government is being taken to court by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and [CUPE, OSSTF] because of legislation they say violates the fundamental rights of working people in Ontario. Today ETFO filed a court challenge against the Ontario government’s Bill 115 on grounds that the law, which strips... »

a Crass Game…

a Crass Game…

MEDIA RELEASE McGuinty’s Anti-Union Posturing is Simply a Crass Game of Politics that Will Cost Him a Majority   (Toronto, ON) — Stealing a page out of Tim Hudak’s failed “Change Book,” Premier Dalton McGuinty made a cynical electoral play when he decided to try to vilify school teachers and educational workers. In a deposition delivered last night on the McGuinty government’s co... »

Unprecedented attack on constitutional rights & freedoms of school board employees

Unprecedented attack on constitutional rights & freedoms of school board employees

  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association joined Ontario’s teachers [and other education workers] in opposing proposed legislation that would force new contracts on teachers and school [board] workers, saying it’s fundamentally undemocractic and that collective bargaining is a constitutional right. [watch it here!] “Budget concerns are no justification to undercut the democratic process,” CC... »

Canada’s teachers support of Ontario colleagues

Canada’s teachers support of Ontario colleagues

OTTAWA, Aug. 24, 2012 /CNW/ – The teachers of Canada are throwing their support behind their colleagues in Ontario as the McGuinty government threatens to impose a contract by legislation on teachers who have not yet had the opportunity to reach a negotiated settlement through the collective bargaining process. “The 200,000 teachers of Canada raise their voices in support of all their ... »

Student trustees at Queens Park

Student trustees at Queens Park

Ontario Student Trustees Association to Hold Press Conference Monday Aug 27th OSTA-AAECO is the provincial group representing English and French Student Trustees on Public School Boards. The press conference will address the direct negative impact that the proposed Liberal legislation will have on students. Twitter @OSTAAECO.   Holding a press conference on Monday at Queen’s Park with @OSTAA... »

Legislation Does Not Put Students First

Legislation Does Not Put Students First

TORONTO, The announcement of proposed legislation to dictate the terms and processes for labour negotiations in Ontario’s public schools attempts to infringe upon the democratic role and historic success of education in this province. The bargaining process currently in place in Ontario works when school board employers and employees can sit down together to negotiate issues best understood ... »

presidents respond to legislation threat

presidents respond to legislation threat

Education Minister’s ‘Bullying Tactics’ Have No Place Anywhere in Ontario’s Education System: CUPE Ontario President “We need to work together to find a solution” that respects the work education workers do, and is suitable for students, families and workers, says Fred Hahn Toronto, ON – The Liberal government’s proposed legislation released yesterday that... »

Most Ontarians Oppose Legislating Teachers’ Wages

Most Ontarians Oppose Legislating Teachers’ Wages

Almost eight in ten (77%) believe province should negotiate to reach mutual agreement. A significant majority of Ontarians believe the province should negotiate an agreement with teachers rather than use legislation to impose wages and benefits on them, according to an independent poll conducted for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). When asked if the government should negotiat... »

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