TORONTO, Ont. – Ontario’s teachers are expected to make their first move, Wednesday, in a war with the McGuinty Liberals over legislation to rein in school workers’ salaries.

Unions representing about 191,000 education workers said Bill 115 — which passed on Tuesday at Queen’s Park by a vote of 82-15 — strips workers of their constitutional rights in the name of fiscal restraint.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation is calling on its 60,000 members not to volunteer for any extracurricular activities such as coaching sports teams.

And the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) wants its 76,000 members not to participate in school meetings on Mondays, or any other days if they wish.

“It is not business as usual,” said Sam Hammond, president of the ETFO. “We are absolutely ashamed of what happened.”

Bill 115 would force new contracts on the majority of teachers and education workers in the province. It also freezes their salaries for two years and includes three unpaid days off in the second year.

The legislation also gives the government the power for at least two years to ban strikes and lockouts. It also cuts sick days in half to 10 a year and ends the practice of banking sick days.

The minority Liberals argue the legislation, which passed with the support of the Progressive Conservatives, is needed to help them eliminate the province’s $15-billion deficit.

MPPs spent two hours Monday afternoon debating the legislation.

Premier Dalton McGuinty told NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to take a closer look at court rulings involving similar cases.

“If not to read the actual decisions offered by the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Court of Appeal, at least read some of the interpretations offered by objective, independent third parties in this matter,” McGuinty said.

The NDP claims the bill will end up costing Ontarians more in the long run.

The fallout could find all sides in court because the two biggest unions representing elementary and high school teachers have vowed to take the fight to the Supreme Court of Canada, on the grounds that it is unconstitutional and undemocratic. This view is also shared by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

However, Education Minister Laurel Broten said the government will defend the bill as being constitutional if it is challenged in court.

She also said the legislation will allow the cash-strapped government to put money where it’s most needed.