Contract talks with public elementary school teachers took a wild turn with union leadership accusing school boards of sabotaging progress by issuing a press release updating the public on the bargaining process. Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, stormed the headquarters of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association shouting its president Michael Barrett must go. The release disclosed the areas where the two sides had reached agreements and identified two major remaining issues: sick leave and benefits. Hammond said the contents of bargaining should never be disclosed until both sides have signed the deal.
Is Hammond right when he calls this bad faith? As the ones footing the bill, does the public have the right to know? Do closed door sessions really result in better agreements?