Duly Quoted: Anonymous Ontario Teacher
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Duly Quoted: Anonymous Ontario Teacher

“Everybody thinks now that [deals] have been signed, there’s labour peace…But there is chaos within.”

—This quote comes from today’s Star article about a sudden spike in sick days among teachers at Ontario school boards. Unless there’s a truly nasty cold going around, the likely reason for the anomaly is the fact that the province eliminated sick-day banks during last year’s very acrimonious contract negotiations with Ontario’s teachers’ unions, meaning unused sick days can no longer be saved and cashed in at retirement. The province prevented a strike by passing Bill 115—a piece of legislation that forced the unions to accept certain terms—but the bitterness lingers.