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March 8, 2005

Klees: Kennedy rams through teacher contract bill

(Queen's Park)       Frank Klees, MPP for Oak Ridges and P.C. Education Critic said today that the Liberal government is so determined to take over teachers' collective bargaining that they are ramming through legislation allowing only two or four year agreements, without full debate, public hearings or proper consultations with teachers or their bargaining agents.

"Gerard Kennedy's handling of this bill is consistent with the intent of the bill," said Klees.   "It puts the Minister in full control of the bargaining process, undermines local autonomy and effectively sets up a central bargaining system for the education system."

Klees said that he was surprised there hadn't been significant opposition from the teachers' unions and the school boards.   The bill is being pushed through the Ontario Legislature using 'time allocation' or closure, which limits debate time and precludes any further debate when the bill is called for third and final reading, expected in the next 24 hours.

"I have introduced a private members' bill that will allow for a more unfettered bargaining process," added Klees.   "The teachers' federations have told me that they want options ranging from 1 to 4 years, as local bargaining agents know better than Queen's Park what is in the local best interest.   One size doesn't necessarily fit all."


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February 22, 2005

Klees speaks in the legislature on Bill 167 Education Amendment Act

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February 22, 2005

Klees introduces a Private Members Bill - Bill 172 Education Amendments Act to remove political interference in collective bargaining and ensure flexibility at the local level. View Bill