The Ontario government is signalling that the politics of re-election trumps good governance.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is secretly trying to negotiate a contract extension with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) to ensure labour peace before she seeks re-election. And she is even willing to change the collective bargaining laws that the Liberal government itself put in place.
OSSTF president Paul Elliot confirmed that talks between his union and the government have begun.
And Andrea Addario, of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), says her union has been approached about a possible extension.
The problem? The School Boards Collective Bargaining Act doesn’t allow for labour contracts to be extended. So the Liberals want to change the rules.