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The Minister of Education threatens to force agreements on educators

Using the OECTA deal as a stick with which to browbeat public educators, Broten says the government will simply legislate a wage freeze should teacher unions and school boards be “unwilling or unable” to come to agreements.

“We regard the OECTA deal as a roadmap for other deals,” Broten said on July 31.

The McGuinty government is attacked from both ends of the political spectrum: the NDP thinks they are being draconian, the PCs that they aren’t being draconian enough. The government’s list of allies grows thin as pressure from unions (including an effective media campaign by ETFO’s Communications team), teachers, political parties, school boards and the public undermines whatever political gain they assumed would result from their actions.