POLITICS

High school teachers' union pleased by repeal of wage-freeze legislation

01/23/2013 03:25 EST | Updated 03/25/2013 05:12 EDT
TORONTO - The union representing Ontario high school teachers says the repeal of Bill 115 is a small step towards the repairing of relations with the Liberal government.

Ken Coran of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation is the only union leader to say killing the legislation used to imposed contracts on 126,000 elementary and high school teachers is a positive move.

However, Coran says restoring the trust and respect between teachers and the Liberal government will be "a slow gradual process that will take quite some time."

Coran says he hopes the new premier who will be picked by the Liberals this weekend will quickly develop a process that is transparent, fair and restores their collective bargaining rights.

Education Minister Laurel Broten is encouraged by Coran's positive reaction to the repeal of Bill 115, and called on teachers to resume extracurricular activities.

Coran, meanwhile, says there's a black mark beside Dalton McGuinty's legacy as the education premier because of the controversial wage-freeze legislation.