MLAs spend all night debating teachers’ bill

The lights were burning all night at Province House.

After a storm delay, MLAs sat down to debate the government’s bill imposing a contract on the teachers. The opposition parties are fighting it, trying to delay it as long as they can, but the Liberal majority will make sure it passes.

The government is imposing a 3% salary hike spread over four years…basically thew same wage deal as the first two agreements that were rejected. The government will also set up a council to establish ways to improve classroom conditions…one of the main demands of the teachers…but the teachers union says it’s still far short of what teachers want.