Minister of Education calls for Mediation

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Today, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement calling for mediation in the ongoing labour negotiations: 

“My goal, since day one, has been to reach negotiated settlements with our education partners, with the intention of keeping Ontario’s students in the classroom.

While our Government has been a reasonable force and student-focused at the bargaining table, the labour unions continue to take escalating steps towards strike action. Strike action could mean school closures, disruption, and uncertainty for students and parents.

Today, I am offering all education sector unions the option to enter into mediation. I believe this is the right step, as mediation involves an independent third party to assist the unions, trustee associations, and the Government in reaching settlements.

I am asking all our partners to accept this offer so together we can reach deals that keep our kids in class.

As I have always said, my negotiating team stands ready for meaningful, good faith bargaining 24/7, to reach the deals Ontario students and families deserve.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. Mediation and common sense should prevail. In my honest opinion, teachers should not have the right to strike. Nurses, doctors, judges, crown attorneys, police, courthouse staff deemed necessary, firemen and others cannot strike and I know this first hand, as I was one of them.
    Students are one of our most important assets and should not be used in this fashion. Mediation, arbitration, and whatever else may be necessary should be the solution; not taking education away from our children.
    Again, this is MY opinion.

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