Premier Kathleen Wynne has issued an ultimatum to the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario.
Unless tentative agreements are reached and all job actions or stopped or all job actions are stopped and do not resume as talks continue by November 1st, permission will be given to dock the pay of those taking part in the ongoing job action.
Speaking after a meeting with union representatives on Friday, Wynne said that ”because children are being negatively effected, this has to stop” adding that ”we need to do everything we can to motivate our partners at the table.”
The Premier appeared optimistic that a deal can be reached in that time frame saying that eight days is a long time in the world of bargaining and that she and Education Minister Liz Sandals are ready to go to the table.
However, responding to the ultimatum, ETFO president Sam Hammond says his members will not respond to threats and that although bargaining dates have been set with the province, his members will still being going ahead with the withdrawal of all extra curricular activities as of Wednesday October 28th.