Ford will ‘own’ education cuts if province ends teacher strikes: Union

… a majority of those polled want the government to use its legislative hammer to force an end to the strikes.

“If they legislate an end to job action, they’ll simply be ending my members’ ability to resist these destructive cuts to education,” Bischof said. “And, at which point, they will completely own all of the negative implications on our education system.”

Bischof said he believes parents are siding with teachers over issues like larger class sizes, student access to course options, supports for education workers and mandatory online learning.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce has repeatedly said that the main focus of teacher unions is compensation, noting they’ve asked for more than the 1% annual cap on public sector wage and benefit increases.

“Teacher union leaders think raising taxes on working people for higher compensation and benefits is a good idea. We disagree,” Lecce tweeted Monday.