Teacher’s Strike

Nova Scotia Opposition Tory Leader Jamie Baillie says there is no downside for the government to accept mediation in a contract dispute with public school teachers.

Baillie is also questioning the premier’s assertion that more money for teachers would have to come from another part of the budget.

Premier Stephen McNeil expressed frustration in the legislature yesterday after teachers twice rejected contract offers that had been recommended by the union’s executive.

He said teachers have one of the best pension plans around, generous health benefits, and accumulate 195 sick days over their career.