01/01/2013 03:55 EST | Updated 03/03/2013 05:12 EST

Midnight Deadline Passes For Ontario Teachers To Ratify Deals


The deadline for Ontario teachers and their local school boards to come to agreements slipped by at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday without either side reaching an understanding.

According to Education Minister Laurel Broten, 65 ratified local agreements were submitted before the deadline. Bill 115 officially gives Broten the power to enforce contracts to the outstanding instances.

Broten remains quiet on whether she plans to put things into action immediately.

The legislation — which freezes the pay of most teachers, reduces their ability to bank sick days and takes away their right to strike — has drawn protests from teachers’ unions in the province such as rotating one-day strikes and abstaining from extra curricular activities.

Broten announced a tentative deal on Sunday with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents about 55,000 education workers.

Fred Hahn, the CUPE Ontario president, said the union remains opposed to the bill and will continue the campaign to repeal it, including a legal challenge.

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