High school teachers' union breaks off local talks with school board
Published Thursday, November 29, 2012 1:22PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, November 29, 2012 1:49PM EST
The union representing Ontario's public high school teachers says it's suspended all talks with school boards until further notice.
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation says it's making the move because the government refused to give approval to a number of locally bargained deals.
The union says the Ministry of Education decided the tentative agreements weren't "substantively identical" to a deal the province signed with English Catholic teachers this summer.
That agreement froze the wages of most teachers and cut benefits, such as stopping the banking of sick days to be cashed out at retirement.
The union says it's also due to the rejection of tentative agreements by teachers in York Region and Niagara earlier this week.
It says the ratification vote of an agreement reached at Hamilton-Wentworth School Board will proceed on Friday, but all other scheduled votes have been put off until after Monday.
More details coming tonight at 6.