Other Ontario teachers say they won't accept Catholic deal
Some of Ontario's major teachers' unions say they won't accept the same deal that the province reached with English Catholic teachers.
The comments from elementary, secondary and Franco-Ontarian teachers' unions, as well as CUPE, come a day after the government announced a two-year deal with a wage freeze and three unpaid days for the English Catholic teachers.
It was the first teachers' group to break ranks with other unions, which have refused to negotiate after they were told their wages would be frozen in the government's efforts to slay a $15-billion deficit.
The union presidents say their members want to return to work in September, but some will be taking strike votes starting in late August.
Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, says he doesn't want to see an end to the past several years of peace and stability in the province's education system.
Ken Coran, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, says the English Catholic teachers' deal is not good enough for his members.