Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has given Ontario public school elementary teachers an extra 2% salary increase in 2014 to match the separate and French elementary teachers. This Globe article has a good synopsis. From the article:
ETFO lost 2 per cent in wage hikes back in 2009 under former
education minister and now Premier Kathleen Wynne, because it failed to
meet a deadline for accepting a contract. At the time, other teacher
groups signed offers of 12 per cent in pay hikes over four years. At the
time, Ms. Wynne made a last-ditch effort to avoid a strike – 10.4 per
cent over four years – which ETFO grudgingly accepted.
said the government’s change of heart on the issue is a matter of
fairness, saying elementary school teachers should not be punished
because their union negotiated them an inferior deal several years ago.
not about did the unions have good tactics or bad tactics. It’s about
the individual teacher,” she said. “Now, when we look at this, and we
look at a public policy point of view going forward: why would we pay
Catholic and French teachers more than public teachers?”
One stat that I found interesting in the article with regards to the cost of the 2% increase:
The move by the government contradicts earlier statements by Premier
Kathleen Wynne and Education Minister Liz Sandals that there would be no
new money on the table for teachers. The pay hike will cost the
treasury $112-million every year.
The salary increases would take effect in September, 2014, after the current contract expires.
Sandals also left the door open to further pay increases at that time,
stressing that this deal only represents an agreement on the wage parity
issue, and that no other parameters had been set for future contract
I'm surprised that the 2% costs $112 million. That means the entire current salary cost of the public elementary teachers is $5.6 billion. One other thing to take note of is that the current contract is over in 14 months and the province will have to bargain with the teachers again next summer, still with a large deficit. That won't be fun. Expect more teacher unrest, although whether the Wynne government remains in power next summer remains to be seen.