No more money for teachers, Wynne says

Incoming Ont. Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queens Park in Toronto, Ont. on Wed. Jan.30/13 for one on...

Incoming Ont. Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queens Park in Toronto, Ont. on Wed. Jan.30/13 for one on one interview with Toronto Sun. Dave Thomas/QMI Agency

Jonathan Jenkins, Queen's Park Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:37 PM ET

Teacher unions got a lesson in arithmetic from incoming premier Kathleen Wynne, who said she has no intention of caving in on public sector wage restraint.

“I assume by caving in you mean finding more money and putting it into the contract,” Wynne said Wednesday.

“I’ve made it very clear that I’m not going to do that. There is no more money. It’s not going to be possible to put more money into this contract. We have to have that wage constraint.”

Instead, Wynne said she had a “constructive” first meeting Tuesday with Sam Hammond of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario and Ken Coran of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, who have spearheaded the union opposition to their members’ government-imposed contracts.

“All along I have said that I believed the process didn’t work the way it should have — that it wasn’t as respectful a process on either side as it should have been,” Wynne said.


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