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Ontario teacher settlement shows high costs of interfering with bargaining rights

Thursday, May 04, 2017 @ 5:37 PM | By Tom Venetis

Fifty million dollars. That is what press reports say the Ontario government will have to pay to Ontario high school teachers to make amends for having imposed a contract on the teachers in 2012 which the Ontario Superior Court found had infringed on their right to meaningful collective bargaining.

In 2012, the Ontario government under then Premier Dalton McGuinty enacted Bill 115, the Putting Students First Act. The legislation temporarily removed the right to collective bargaining for teachers and support staff, froze pay, cut sick day...