Ontario urges universities to agree to wage freeze

July 22, 2010

The Ontario government is calling on provincial universities to keep collective bargaining pay hikes frozen at 0% for 2 years. With the province battling a $19.7-billion deficit, Ontario's university sector now worries the government will not provide it with enough to fund enrolment growth needs. In its 2010-11 budget, Ontario committed to opening 20,000 new spaces at post-secondary institutions. Campus labour groups are mulling their options, and campus leaders, too, are trying to sort out the implications of the government's request. Canadian Association of University Teachers executive director James Turk says province-wide bargaining would make it difficult for Ontario universities to attract and retain faculty. Globe and Mail | Toronto Star