STATEMENT BY ONTARIO PREMIER DALTON MCGUINTYHere's hoping three things. First, CUPE 3903 defies the order. (See here for how.) Second, the NDP do what they can to block the order. (Although I'm not holding out a ton of hope. The ONDP MPPs seem to wilt under the slightest public pressure and thus give up their commitment to collective bargaining. Which makes one wonder what kind of commitment it really is.) And, third, McGuinty loses a Charter challenge. (See http://www.yorku.ca/ddoorey/lawblog/?p=657. This last would be particularly entertaining.)
On Wednesday, I asked Ontario's top labour mediator, Reg Pearson, to make one final attempt to resolve the ongoing labour dispute at York University. Since that time Mr. Pearson has met with both sides and worked to resolve the strike through mediation and discussion.
Earlier today I was advised by Mr. Pearson that there is no reasonable prospect of a negotiated settlement between York University and CUPE Local 3903. The sides are in a clear deadlock, and despite our best efforts to bring the sides together, that has not changed.
The strike is also at the point where the academic year is in jeopardy for York students. In challenging economic times, when we need all our people at their best, we simply cannot afford to delay the education of 45,000 of our best and brightest young people.
Having exhausted all other options, I will be recalling the legislature as of Sunday at 1 pm for the purposes of introducing back to work legislation. I am asking MPPs from all parties to provide unanimous consent for immediate passage of the bill so that students can get back to school this week.