Minister of Education on OSSTF Refusal to Make Proposals
TORONTO — Yesterday, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement in response to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) refusal to make proposals at the negotiating table:
"I am frustrated and disappointed by OSSTF's actions at the negotiating table today. They came forward today with no new proposals, no changes to their position, and no ideas on how to advance negotiations.
They continue to focus on further enhancements to their compensation package which, if applied to the sector, would cost approximately $1.5 billion. This focus was demonstrated just last week by their court challenge of legislation that deals with compensation increases for the public service.
We have made a reasonable offer on compensation for the second highest paid educators in the country, as well as other enhancements to our initial offer to OSSTF.
We are calling on OSSTF to put forward proposals to advance negotiations and cancel the needless job action which only hurts our students."