The president of the Saskatoon Teachers' Association is facing possible discipline for making a joke referring to a popular erotic novel, CKOM reports.
The remark John McGettigan made linking the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trilogy and contract negotiations with the province led to an accusation of professional misconduct.
A Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation's professional ethics committee heard the complaint today, but McGettigan was not at the hearing.
Lawyer Dennis Fisher told the committee the charge stems from a complaint filed by teachers and the principal at Saskatoon's Saint Philip School about a comment McGettigan made in a speech at the association's convention in February.
Fisher says McGettigan's comment that binding conciliation was — quote — the "negotiating equivalent of Fifty Shades of Grey" was an attempt at humour.
The convention was held a week after the government and federation reached an agreement to end a two-year contract dispute.
The committee must decide McGettigan's fate and, if he's found guilty, will make a punishment recommendation to federation executive.