Strong disapproval for union, school board payouts

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Strong disapproval for union, school board payouts

Most do not believe Education Minister’s explanation

TORONTO November 5th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1158 Ontario voters, two thirds disapprove of the $2.5 million paid to teachers’ unions for negotiating expenses (67%) and the $4.2 million payment made to school boards (66%). Disapproval is especially strong in Eastern Ontario (69%), among PC supporters (91%), those with no children (69%), the oldest (78%) and those in mid-income groups ($40K to $60K - 76%).

It should be noted that one half of Liberal voters also disapprove of these payments (49%).

6-in-10 don’t believe government explanation of payments

Six-in-ten voters say the government’s claim that these types of payments are “the cost of negotiating contracts” and that they are incurred regularly in private and public sector bargaining (60%), while fewer than a quarter believe this statement to be true (23%). Belief that these payments are standard operating procedure is common to the youngest (39%), the least wealthy (often a proxy for youth - 30%), provincial Liberals (33%) and New Democrats (31%) and the best educated (post grad - 32%).

It may or may not be true that these payments are common in collective bargaining, but the important thing is the Ontario voters don’t believe it, and they don’t like the payments one bit," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.