Education Minister Lisa Thompson calls teacher unions ‘irresponsible’ for not bargaining early

Education Minister Lisa Thompson calls teacher unions ‘irresponsible’ for not bargaining early

Education Minister Lisa Thompson says education unions are being “irresponsible” for not coming to the bargaining table early.

Apart from Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF), no other unions have served notice to bargain.

But the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association accused Thompson of playing games, saying there’s no point in starting negotiations while the ministry continues to hold consultations on issues such as class size.

Thompson said Tuesday that “we thought it would be proactive to invite our labour partners to come to the table” to give them “an opportunity to start early good faith bargaining to allow labour negotiations to conclude in time to ensure our students will be in classes, where they belong, in September.”

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