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Monday, 16 May 2011

TSU UAGM: 3 Very Important Resolutions!!!

Our TSU UAGM [Unit Annual General Meeting] is this Wednesday after school at the Ontario Federation of Labour building in the east end. Mapquest directions will be included in the bottom left side of this blogsite screen. It's a bit of a drive for some members but  is very important. This is your chance as a TSU member to hear reports from your committees and executive. You will also vote on important resolutions, yay or nay, which determine how TSU, your teachers union, is run.

Your staff rep should have copies of the resolutions to share. There are a few especially important and controversial ones that I would like to draw your attention to:

TSU UAGM BU Resolution #2: This would provide for 2 year terms for all positions on your executive except the councillors. This is good because 1 year is often to short to realistically implement any changes we may run on. It would put a damper on the permanent state of election campaigning which seems to go on year round detracting from the business of the day, and making everything so political. The down side is if an executive turn out to be total nincompoops, TSU will be stuck for another year before you can vote them out. Except of course for the councillors. They each have one equal vote on executive, and there are three of them, still with 1 year terms, to restore some balance and develop new talent.You decide.

TSU Action Directive #1: This would create an ad hoc committee to study the feasibility and related costs of creating a fulltime 4th TSU release officer position. This is good because they could just handle your grievances, LTD, WSIB accomodations and other related contractual matters, which are a fulltime job themselves, as our unit grows and becomes more pro-active. This might not be desirable depending on how much it would cost, and where the money will come from. However, this action directive is only asking for an investigative report to be done and presented to the members. None of the recommendations would be binding, pending your future approval. Yay or nay? You decide.

TSU UAGM Resolution #13: This would allow the options of telephone and internet voting in our TSU elections. The methods of balloting would be determined and announced by executive by Jan 31, 2012. This is good because many members couldn't vote in this years election if they were away. It could avoid confusion with the OT voting locations and school lists. The results could be quickly and accurately computed and reported back to the members. This year, with paper balloting and boxes, the counting dragged on until 2am. Paper balloting was a logistical nightmare but the downside might be whether these other systems are really reliable and secure. Could we be switching one set of problems for another?  Do we want to move ahead on this now so it's in place for next May's TSU election? You decide.

Please look through the resolutions book carefully. There are many that warrant your consideration. TSU is your teacher's unit, and these are your by-laws. It's important you hear the debates, get involved too, and vote. In each case there are a lot important issues to consider and decide upon. As a member you need to be heard! Hope to see you there!

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