Statement on Possible Teacher Strike Action

November 30, 2012

Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris issued the following statement:

 In July, the Liberals asked for the PC Party’s help to avert a labour crisis in our schools. By August, we bailed them out and gave them the tools they needed to keep children in classrooms and in extracurricular activities.

 Yesterday, the Minister of Education ignored those tools even as Ontario parents are headed into a very difficult weekend as a result of her government’s failure to show real leadership.

 It is very clear the Minister of Education has the powers to not only stop a strike but even the threat of a strike in Ontario’s elementary schools. Her failure to do so isn’t fair to parents worried about child care and the teachers who want to remain at work.  

Our children’s education should not be used as a bargaining chip. Minister Broten has the power to stop this escalating crisis today using the tools in Bill 115. She can issue a directive and end the chaos before the weekend starts.

Then, if there are violations by unions and their leaders, she can start fining them under the Labour Relations Act. 

I urge the Minister of Education to do her job so there are no disruptions come Monday morning.