Premier Doug Ford is telling teachers not to strike, saying they have a good deal with three months of holidays and the best benefits and pensions in the country.
Ontario could start bargaining at the end of this month with teachers and education workers, whose contracts expire at the end of August.
Teachers’ unions have already expressed concerns about a recent education announcement from the government, which includes larger class sizes for grades four to 12.
When asked Tuesday if he was preparing for the possibility of a strike, Ford said teachers have waged job action against Ontario governments of every stripe, and he says they have to get with the times.
Ford says teachers do a great job and he appreciates them, but says their unions have declared war on the government.
He also says an Aug. 31 expiry date for teachers’ contracts — right before kids go back to school — will never happen again under his government.
Premier asked if there is a teachers strike would he use back to work legislation. Answer: “Let’s cross that bridge if we get to it.” Adds he wants to work with teachers #onpoli pic.twitter.com/4rYRDsP5Hh
— Cynthia Mulligan (@CityCynthia) April 16, 2019
Premier Ford on teachers: “I think it’s a pretty good deal that they have right now. They get their three month holidays, they have the best benefit package in the entire country, best pension in the entire country. They have a great gig” #onpoli pic.twitter.com/CtibBup9eS
— Richard Southern (@richard680news) April 16, 2019