TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario's professors and academic
librarians are disappointed that Dalton McGuinty has once again broken
his promise to respect collective bargaining by imposing legislation on
the province's broader public sector workers that attacks their
"A year ago, Premier McGuinty said he would respect the rights of
hard-working Ontarians," said Constance Adamson, President of the
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).
"First, he broke his promise to our teachers. Today, he is breaking his
promise to professors, academic librarians, and the broader public
sector. I guess we know now what a McGuinty promise is worth."
Ontario's professors and academic librarians have a long tradition of
responsible bargaining sensitive to the needs of citizens and
government. Today's announcement takes away their ability to reach fair
agreements, and will deliver few real benefits to government.
"McGuinty's own advisor - Don Drummond - made it clear that wage freezes
provide no long-term savings to government," said Adamson. "One wonders
why the government spent all that money on Drummond if they were just
going to ignore his advice."
University faculty are also asking why the government would choose to
strip away the rights of professors and librarians while also trying to
push through a series of controversial university reforms.
"On one hand, the government is asking faculty to be partners in
changing our universities. On the other, they are willing to bully away
our fundamental rights. From minute to minute, it's hard to know which
version of the government we're talking to," said Adamson.
"Ontario's professors and academic librarians are more than just
dedicated educators who help students succeed while building a more
vibrant and prosperous province. We are parents. We are members of the
community. And when the government plays politics with our
constitutional rights, they hurt our families, our communities, and our
Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents 17,000 professors and academic
librarians in 27 faculty associations across Ontario. For more
information, please visit the OCUFA website at http://www.ocufa.on.ca.
SOURCE: Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
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