NDP leader Andrea Horwath says Hamilton school boards have been given a “false deadline” in teacher negotiations.
Boards and unions across Ontario have been told by the government to reach a new deal by August 31st.
If not, the Premier says he may introduce legislation to impose a wage freeze.
Horwath calls that's unnecessary pressure adding that once a contract is signed, they're retroactive to the expiration of the last contract anyway, so, there's no reason to force teachers unions into agreements.
Education Minister Laurel Broten says if agreements aren't reached, teachers would be bumped up on the pay scale, and that would cost Hamilton's public board about $2 million.