FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MPP KEVIN FLYNN THANKS TEACHERS WHO HAVE CONTINUED TO PARTICIPATE IN EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
November 7, 2012
Oakville – Kevin Flynn, MPP welcomes the news that Oakville’s public high school teachers union have decided to re-engage with the government on reaching a contract that is fair to both teachers and parents.
“All parties to this agreement including our government need to take a step back and take advantage of this opportunity,” said Flynn.
Kevin Flynn would also like to thank those teachers who have continued to participate in extracurricular actives including his annual Holiday Card and Santa Claus Parade Contest.
“I respect those teachers who have continued with extracurricular activities and continued to work tirelessly for the future of our students,” said Flynn. “I have had the opportunity to visit grade 5 students, meet with student representatives from each of the high schools and have had students share their artistic talents with me as part of my holiday art contests.”
Our government values the work that teachers do in our province which is why we have increased teachers’ salaries 25 percent since 2003 and increased per pupil funding by 46 percent. Our government has hired 599 new teachers, 1007 educational assistants and 538 support staff since 2003 and built or renovated 15 schools in Halton alone.
“During my school visits and conversations with students and teachers it is clear to see why we have the best education system in the English speaking world,” stated Flynn. “It is regrettable that the strike action being contemplated may threaten the good work that we have done together.”
This fair solution is preferable over what other governments have done in the past in similar circumstances. Our government has opened 400 schools while Tim Hudak’s PC party closed 500 schools and while they were in office 15,000 teachers were fired. We’ve hired more than 13,000 teachers. The previous NDP government unilaterally ripped up the collective agreements of 900,000 civil servants, teachers, doctors, nurses, and other workers in the province of Ontario and 150 schools were closed under the NDP government.
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Ellen Kuschnik, Constituency Assistant MPP Kevin Flynn
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