Signature Ad

Sign. Minute Muffler

Marlin Travel


B-Box - HAGI

Click here to see more
Community Calendar
Click here for full listings.
Are you planning on attending this week's public session on the Event Centre project?

Total Votes: 164
View Results Past Polls
User Submitted Photo Gallery
Submit Your Own Photos
2012-08-15 at 15:36

MPP hopes province avoids back-to-work legislation with teachers

St. Joseph FoundationGrand A Day Draw tickets are now on sale. $1,000 daily draws in November. Grand Prize draw is for $10,000. License #M738339Click Here

A northwestern Ontario MPP is crossing her fingers that she won't be called back to the provincial legislature next week. 

The province has threatened teachers and school boards with back-to-work legislation.  NDP member Sarah Campbell says there are indications that provincial politicians will be recalled next week, but she hopes it doesn't come to that.

The minority Liberal-led provincial government asked for a wage freeze and have promised to call for a vote doing so, if a deal is not reached between teachers and their school boards by the end of the month. 

Campbell said she feels the government is getting ahead of itself.

Campbell added that she saw first-hand as a student what it's like when the government gets confrontational with teachers.  She was a student the last time teachers were legislated back to work in the 1990s.


(Thunder Bay Television)


Click here to submit a letter to the editor.

Click here to report a typo or error

Banner/Vector Construction


We've improved our comment system.
TheFloyd says:
This is NOT about a wage freeze. OSSTF (Public high school educators) offered a four year wage freeze and the Liberals wouldn't even sit down to discuss it. This is about taking away the right to negotiate working terms and taking away the power of elected school board trustees. If it were just about money this would have been settled a long time ago.
8/15/2012 3:57:03 PM
blue says:
Here we go again. What ever the reason our educators put forward they all ways alude to the education of our children being affected.
8/15/2012 4:09:52 PM
TheFloyd says:
This has everything to do with the rights and terms of work negotiated in good faith. I know there will be some anti-educator comments on here and some "teachers make too much comments" but that's not what this is about.
8/15/2012 7:53:53 PM
passlake says:
I really hate "back to work" legislation...

You're either an essential service and you can't strike, or you're not an essential service and you can strike.

..or in the case of paramedics in Ontario, you're not essential, and you can't strike...

"teachers.. at least they're not paramedics.... yet."
8/15/2012 4:44:06 PM
ranma says:
what does not make sense to me is, we have these professions that are important to our lives, teachers, doctors, and others, and the government is treating them like they are garbage. Then you have people who jump on that bandwagon, saying that doctors should not be payed as much and that teachers get too many sick days etc. Have you seen the way that our society is failing? Doctors are overworked, teachers have to deal with kids who have absolutely no respect. These people have more than earned their wages, where the politicians sure as have not. Until these politicians stop greasing their palms with corporate donations etc, and start a real job, they should be the ones taking a pay cut. Not those who take care of our futures (our kids, and our well being)
8/15/2012 6:39:40 PM
Marak says:
God forbid she gets called back to work, after only enjoying most of the summer off! I'm sure we are all crying for her...
8/15/2012 8:18:21 PM
Glyder says:
Nothing is stopping you from being a teacher. Go ahead, give it a shot.

Obviously you don't know the issues indicated by your totally ignorant comment.
8/16/2012 8:09:28 AM
Glyder says:
And maybe, just maybe, she actually does care about what happens with the teachers, and wants a fair resolution... :)
8/16/2012 8:40:43 AM
barry medawin says:
Ah.... unions!
Maybe we can screw this up as well and have the Chinese come here and teach as well. Why not? We screwed everything else up and they are just about running the show already.
8/15/2012 9:22:22 PM
Fluffy says:
I can't stand politicians.
8/16/2012 7:49:30 AM
trevor99 says:
I would like to be the first to be signed up on a list of those who could care less what Sarah Campbell has to say.

She is not our gov't official.

Is it so slow in our local media that we need to accept any comment any time from those who have nothing to do with our city.

Go fix the challenges in her riding.

Now speaking to this issue and read this very carefully everyone.


The gov't wants to spend less and the teachers/doctors/nurses/cops/firemen/etc want more. What does a union want at the negotiating table. MORE
More time off, more money, more benefits.
The only thing they want less of is work.
That is the system we have had for decades if not hundreds of years. So all of the other in between posturing means nothing.
So who is going to win this showdown.
And teachers, who do you want on your team.
The Liberals who treated you way too well, or the conservatives or will gut your collective agreements. The NDP won't ever be government
8/16/2012 8:43:08 AM
yqtyqt says:

Don't forget the role that the Working Families Coalition (WFC) played in the last election. The continuous negative tv ads which targeted the PCs. I would imagine that the WFC thought that they were greasing the palms of the lib candidates for their long-standing place at the money trough. Of course, the WFC is primarily made up of the teachers and other public sector unions. And let's not forget, that McGuinty wouldn't make a stand against them during the last election. Let's face it -he needed them badly.

So it's no surprising than when the WFC calls in the IOUs during contract talks, and when McGimmy is faced with unprecedented deficits and the stark reality from the Drummond report hits, that the poliitical two step takes place.

If you gather the info from the already settled contracts, you realize that the language isn't as taxpayer friendly as it seems. The golden retirement handshakes are still there as future liablities. The freeze and bravado is pretty bad
8/16/2012 9:37:42 AM
passlake says:
considering this site often covers news from the Kenora area, she IS a relevant government official for this website.

I care what she says.
8/20/2012 8:42:21 AM
trevor99 says:
YQT, every posting bashes the government. You really need to broaden your discussion points. Despite their warts and they have them like all governments, I will take them over the other two choices.

Tim Hudak makes Mike Harris look like a Liberal and the NDP leader who lied quite well during the leaders debate will say anything for votes. I'll stick with the devil I know.

If the teachers don't want to take this medicine, don't. Face the consequences. If the other gov't employees don't want to, same thing. You have blasted this gov't forever on their spending, at least say now, "they are getting it".

I don't think they were that bad but you can have your opinion.

But with all due respect, your insultive name calling language only lowers your opinion. Sure you might get the group of thugs that press the agree button, but try it without shcool yard language. Who knows, one day I might ever agree with a posting of yours if you do that.
8/17/2012 4:21:18 PM
Comments for this story are semi-moderated. Read our comment guideline.

Add a new comment.
You must log in to add comments.
Create a new account
Forgot password?
Log In