Kevin O'Dwyer, president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA), just hours after inking a compensation framework deal with the Dalton McGuinty government on Thursday, July 5, 2012 tells reporters it was the toughest negotiations of his career. The Ontario government has yet to sign deals with the remaining 17 teacher associations and school staff unions.
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On Friday, unions representing various Ontario teachers and support said the Catholic teachers deal announced Thursday is unworkable for their members, unfair to teachers and detrimental to students.
With Ontario heavily in debt, the heat is on for both teachers and Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty to sign a deal that cuts costs and avoids labour strife. While Catholic teachers approved large compromises on pay and sick time, other teachers unions are vowing a fight before their contracts expire at the end of August.
Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak has vowed a crack down on public sector largesse and has put forward a 'white paper' that calls for voluntary private sector union membership and greater transparency and accountability from big labour bosses.