Doug Ford says teacher unions have 'held the province hostage for 50 years' - 2020-03-02
Teacher unions have "held the province hostage for 50 years," says Premier Doug Ford, who also believes educators are paid fairly but aren't delivering good enough results.
As provincial negotiators continued a second day of preliminary talks with the public high school teachers' union, Ford spoke to reporters at an unrelated event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre where he was asked about the ongoing labour strife in education.
"We've put a very fair deal to the teachers' unions and they keep mocking it," Ford said. "But we want a deal that respects the taxpayers, that respects the teachers themselves, and the students to get them back in the classroom."