MPP Peter Shurman has drafted a bill that will be presented to the Legislature at Queen’s Park on Thursday December 11th (link provided below). The bill requires that the Government of Ontario pass back-to-work legislation by December 11th if passed. Effectively, if this bill is passed there should be a grace period for the University and the Union to come to agreement on as many demands as possible before the legislation comes into effect. Once the legislation comes into effect all demands that have not been agreed upon will be decided by a Government assembly. This is certainly not favourable to either the University or the Union for there are many points of contestation that have yet to reach agreement that they would lose control over. Hopefully, the threat of this legislation will push the two parties back to the table before portions of the contract will be de facto legislated to them by the government.
A controversial point of this bill is that it demands a 3 year contract length. This is clearly in favour of the University’s preferences. As it stands now, and until the final contract is drawn this legislation seems to fall in the University’s court.
Bill 135 available here:
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I am not expressing any support for this movement. This has been posted as purely informational. Enjoy.