Anyone wondering how Alberta's ongoing teacher dispute is going to conclude should take a quick peek at Ontario, where months of disagreement ended with the premier stepping down, but teachers no further ahead.
It was a lose-lose result, and the Alberta dispute has all the makings.
For one, the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) has rejected a deal that would see teacher salaries frozen for the next three years.
Factoring in cost of living increases, their Ontario kin argued, that is tantamount to a salary cut.
Next, there is the province hinting they will move forward with the salary freeze if teachers and school boards do not come to an agreement.
Play it again, Sam. They did that in Ontario, as well.
CBC News reports that ATA president Carol Henderson said they do not respond well to ultimatums. Which suggests some form of job action should the government go on with the threat.
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