Ontario’s education minister held a Friday afternoon news conference amid contract talks with the province’s teachers.
Lecce told reporters “nothing is off the table” in his government’s negotiations with teachers, but that he wants the talks to focus on issues that directly affect students.
When pressed if that means he would agree to a wage increase above one per cent — the target set by not yet passed legislation — Lecce dodged the question, saying he meant that he’s available to negotiate with teachers at any time.
Earlier this week, the union representing Ontario public elementary school teachers asked for a conciliation officer to help with stalled contract talks with the government.
Meanwhile, the union representing secondary school teachers began the process of conducting strike votes across the province.
Lecce said the potential strike action by teachers’ unions is resulting in uncertainty for parents and students alike.