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Changes to education bargaining on the way, Mitzie Hunter says

Ontario may be making changes to two-tier bargaining legislation later this fall, but any tweaking will be “minor,” Education Minister Mitzie Hunter said Tuesday.

“We posted (the consultation) report and we’re doing the analysis right now as it relates to the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act,” Hunter told reporters at Queen’s Park.

“Any changes at this point are minor changes. They would be presented as part of the discussion with our education partners and then following that, legislation will be tabled, and we expect this fall.”

Bill 122, which ushered in two levels of bargaining in education — central talks for big issues like salary as well as talks between boards and their union locals on more administrative items — has been criticized by boards and unions for the length of time it took to get three-year deals.

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