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Wynne says onus on elementary teachers

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TORONTO—Premier Kathleen Wynne says the onus now is on Ontario’s elementary teachers to say why an offer accepted by other teachers’ unions isn’t good enough for them.

Talks between the province, school boards, and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario broke off again Friday night.

Wynne said the offer to the elementary teachers essentially is the same as that tentatively accepted by the unions representing Catholic and high school teachers.

Those agreements, which have not been ratified, included raises of about 1.5 percent plus a one percent bonus.

Wynne said the government hopes ETFO leaders meeting today will agree to return to the bargaining table and work towards a negotiated deal.

ETFO president Sam Hammond expressed shock when the talks broke off and said the parties were making progress in negotiations, albeit slowly.

Hammond has a news conference scheduled for this afternoon to explain what the union’s next steps will be.

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