Turns out the Ontario Liberals cut more than one cheque to teachers’ unions in the province!
The Globe & Mail revealed yesterday that the Ontario Liberal government secretly paid $1 MILLION to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation during contract negotiations a few months back.
Education Minister Liz Sandals claimed that this cheque was written to cover the costs incurred by the union for a new approach to negotiations, which saw discussions on every issue dragged out.
The Globe & Mail now reports HERE that $1-million was also paid out to the Catholic teachers’ union and $500,000 to the French teachers’ union. The total cost of these payouts is $2.5-million.
Sandals argues that this approach is “not unusual”, that it makes sense for the government to cover a union’s cost of negotiating. She reveals that the government has done so since being elected in 2003 and deciding that they should be involved in all negotiations, instead of leaving the decisions up to the respective school boards.
If that’s the case, why hasn’t the government made any of these arrangements public knowledge in the past? Why reveal this fact after the details have been leaked?
Does this make sense to you? Critics of the government and teachers’ unions are calling these payouts bribes, a payout to keep the unions happy and teachers in the classroom. If that’s the case, should we praise the government for spending a little extra cash to keep the peace and kids in school?