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Ontario offered contract extensions to education unions on the sly

Ontario’s Liberal government has secretly offered contract extensions to almost all of the key education unions in a move that would buy the ruling party support from teachers and a degree of labour peace during an election.

Extensions would mean opening the treasury to ensure most public high school teachers, elementary teachers and education workers do not strike before the vote expected in the spring of 2018. The province is even willing to consider rewriting the law that governs bargaining to extend the contract.

Premier Kathleen Wynne and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter dodged questions about the possible extensions on Monday.

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