January 7, 2013

Bill 115 could mean “irreparable harm:” CLC pres.


The imposition of Bill 115 could cause “irreparable harm” to labour relations in the Ontario education system, warns the president of the 3.3-million-member Canadian Labour Congress in a letter to Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten today.

You can download a pdf copy of Ken Georgetti's letter to Education Minister Laurel Broten below.

“Your decision, while seemingly appealing for the government in the short-term, will have far-reaching and long-term implications for a mature labour relations system that has withstood the test of time,” warns Ken Georgetti.

Full text of the letter follows:

January 7, 2013

The Honourable Laurel Broten
Minister of Education
14th Floor, Mowat Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1L2

Dear Minister:

On behalf of the 3.3 million members of the Canadian Labour Congress, I am writing to express our deep disappointment with your decision to impose contracts on teachers in Ontario using the unprecedented powers granted to you under Bill 115.

Your government’s actions in forcing employees to accept what they cannot freely negotiate and vote on could potentially cause irreparable harm to future labour relations between them and their employers – the school boards of Ontario. Employees will have no ownership or duty of responsibility to what can no longer be called collective agreements.

A promise to repeal Bill 115 after using its powers to remove the right to collective bargaining is acknowledgement this bill was flawed from the beginning. Your decision, while seemingly appealing for the government in the short-term, will have far-reaching and long-term implications for a mature labour relations system that has withstood the test of time.

Sincerely,
Kenneth V. Georgetti
President


Follow this link to download a pdf copy of the letter.