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Ontario Moves to Impose Contract on Teachers

Ontario's governing Liberals are imposing new contracts on tens of thousands of teachers and education workers in public schools across the province. Education Minister Laurel Broten says she's using Bill 115 to impose the new collective agreements on elementary and high school teachers, to freeze wages and stop strikes as the government battles a $14.4-billion deficit. However, Broten says once the contracts are imposed, the government will move to repeal the controversial law. The move comes two days after the cut-off date for the unions to reach local agreements with school boards. Teachers' unions have warned that the Liberals will be asking for trouble if they force new agreements on their members, who will launch political protests to fight it. Elementary teachers have already staged one-day strikes across the province in protest of the law. The union representing high school teachers say they're not planning any walkouts right now, but they're not ruling anything out.

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