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The assault on school teacher bargaining in Ontario

Document type Article
Author Rose, Joseph B.
Journal Relations Industrielles / Industrial Relations
Volume 57
Date 2002 Winter
ISSN 0034-379X
Pages 100-128


Between 1975 and 1997, school teacher bargaining was conducted under the School Boards and Teachers Collective Negotiations Act (Bill 100). By most accounts, the teacher bargaining law was successful in promoting bilateral settlements with minimal strike activity. Following its election in 1995, the Harris government reduced public expenditures and introduced educational reforms. This study finds that the government's blunt and heavy-handed efforts to control collective bargaining processes and outcomes, not only proved futile, but led to an increase in work stoppages and protracted guerilla warfare at the school board level.