Education minister Liz Sandals has reacted to a report which suggests that $1 million was payed out by the province to the union representing high school teachers.
The report in the Globe and Mail suggested that the Liberal Government agreed to the payout to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation as a mean of compensation for the cost of negotiations, which went on for longer than expected under the provinces new bargaining system.
Liz Sandels issued a statement on the issue on Wednesday, saying such a payout is ‘not unusual’.
She says that the ”process required more time and resources from all parties involved” due to the changes, but added that ”this will not be the case in future rounds. The parties continue to cover all costs of local bargaining.”
A deal was reached between the province and the teachers over the summer and while it does include salary increases, the province has said that it is a net zero deal, meaning the raises will be offset by saving found elsewhere.
However, The Globe and Mail report also suggest that that the $1 million payout was covered by the removal of money from a fund which is designed to help struggling students graduate.
In reaction to this claim, Liz Sandals has said it is ”simply not true.”