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Ontario Liberals impose contracts on teachers; unions call it ‘disgraceful’

Students across Ontario face more uncertainty when they head back to class next week, after the province’s cash-strapped Liberals outraged unions by forcing two-year contracts on 126,000 public school teachers and education workers, the Associated Press reports. But Education Minister Laurel Broten said she will soon repeal the same controversial anti-strike law that gave her government the power to impose the collective agreements, which cuts benefits and freezes wages of most teachers. Union leaders whose members have staged one-day strikes and cut out extracurricular activities in protest of the law, wouldn’t say exactly what action they’d take in the weeks ahead. But they warned that it won’t be “business as usual.” Using “unprecedented, autocratic” legislation to dictate contracts, then promising to repeal the anti-democratic law is a “disgraceful misuse of government power,” said Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario…

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