Statement from NDP Education critic Lisa Gretzky

NDP Education critic Lisa Gretzky issued the following statement: 

"The fact that the government returned to the bargaining table with ETFO only after a complaint was filed with the Ontario Labour Relations Board shows that this government continues to have very little respect for the work of education workers or the efforts of the parents who work co-operatively with them.

The Premier and her Minister of Education continue to undervalue the hard work of education workers across Ontario. 

Each and every day, teachers and education support staff work in collaboration with parents and students to deliver comprehensive and voluntarily run initiatives.   

These programs would not be possible without the tireless efforts of so many local volunteers. It’s time for the government to acknowledge the dedication of education workers in helping to deliver these initiatives and take negotiations with public elementary teachers and all support staff seriously. 

The Premier and the Minister of Education have only themselves to blame for the chaos in our schools.”