The Globe & Mail is reporting HERE that the Ontario Liberal Government paid the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (representing high school teachers) a handsome sum of $1 MILLION.
Why would they part with so much cash? The 42-page document obtained by the newspaper suggests the payment was made to diffuse labour unrest.
A memorandum of settlement allegedly claims that “the Crown shall pay to OSSTF the sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) to offset the cost of central collective bargaining no later than ninety (90) days after the ratification process.” No explanation is made as to WHY taxpayers are responsible for making this payment.
So, taxpayers have to pay the union for doing something that they’re already paid to do through the union dues they collect? Does that make sense?
Not only that, it appears the government’s promise of making all labour deals “net-zero” is a false one.
The Globe & Mail also reports that the government did in fact provide raises for teachers by taking funds from a special program designed to help struggling students graduate! If this allegation is true, is that not a little disingenuous?
The funds were used to cover a 1.5% raise and 1% lump sim payment to high school teachers. The government was supposed to add money to the fund over five years, but has stopped, and used the $20 million that would have been the next installment for the teachers.
Are you happy with these decisions made by the Liberal Government? Has the government yet again bowed to the pressures of the union?