Ontario union leaders and other officials will sit down with Finance Minister Dwight Duncan on Tuesday to discuss a possible wage freeze for more than one million workers.
Duncan is faced with a $21 billion deficit and has already said some public-sector workers — bureaucrats, teachers and nurses — will face wages freezes when their collective agreements expire.
Now it appears Duncan wants to extend the freeze throughout the Ontario civil service.
Not only would 700,000 unionized workers face a wage freeze, but 350,000 managers would as well.
Union representatives don't appear ready to accept a freeze, saying the employees aren't responsible for the budget problem.