TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 3, 2013) - The Ontario government should not impose contracts on teachers and other educational workers under Bill 115, says Fred Hahn, President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
"Introducing Bill 115 was a huge mistake, as even many prominent Liberals have acknowledged. It would be an even bigger mistake to create long-term chaos in education by imposing contracts on teachers," says Hahn. "The Minister of Education would do well to ignore the advice of the Hudak Conservatives who want contracts imposed on teachers under Bill 115."
The Conservative's Education Critic Lisa MacLeod has been demanding the Ontario government use powers under Bill 115 - powers described by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association as undemocratic - against teachers. CUPE Ontario remains opposed to Bill 115, which it has been fighting since its introduction last August.
"Ontario is watching. The Liberals have a unique opportunity to change course by not imposing contracts on any Ontario workers," says Hahn.