As the high school teachers strike in Durham Region enters its second week, there appears to be no end in sight for the job action, and still no concrete explanation as to why schools continue to be shut down.
Both sides - the school board and province on one side, and the teacher’s union on the other - seem to be blaming each other, with neither side ultimately saying much of anything.
The logical explanation is that a lot of the matter is boiling down to money. For more than a year, the Liberals have been saying that there is no money in the budget for public sector wage increases. And they were true to their word when the 2015 provincial budget was tabled last week.
Ironically, it was union support - particularly from teachers - that helped to push the Liberals to a majority government during last year’s election. It now appears that they have gotten exactly what was promised to them, and a result, have walked off the job.
At times for much of the past decade, It has been easy for the residents of Ontario to criticize the provincial government for going back on what they say. But this time, they have delivered exactly what they promised.
Although, to be fair, the public doesn’t know for certain if that is the case, since more than a week into the strike no one has said anything of consequence.
Well, almost no one.
The elementary and Catholic school boards have both spoken up in the past week, saying that they will soon be in a position to join their high school counterparts in Durham, Rainbow and possibly as of May 4, Peel on the picket lines.
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