@Dalton_McGuinty must feel ashamed right now. #rally4edu #ONpoli
This is perhaps my favourite photo in my set from the August 28th #rally4edu at Queen's Park in Toronto, Ontario.
On Tuesday, September 11th, 2012, an unprecedented and draconian Bill 115 was passed by a coalition of the Liberal and PC parties -- banning strikes and lockouts in the education sector for two years, denying due process via the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, freezing and cutting wages, and stripping properly negotiated benefits from collective agreements. Rather than allowing negotiations between boards of education and their local employees as is required, the government has dictated to all (employers and employees) their will.
The most telling and problematic aspect of this new law is the complete lack of disregard for collaboration, true compromise, and respect. The honest efforts of negotiating teams across the province have been completely dismissed and disregarded by this Act. The application of an arbitrary timeline for all boards to achieve signed contracts (before Labour Day --- note the irony, folks!) --- something that has never been required in the past -- was motivated by a LIberal political desire to win two September by-elections and obtain a majority in the parliament -- something which did not happen.
Dalton McGuinty, the current premier of Ontario, is now in serious trouble.