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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Daily Updated Teacher News Links!

[This news link blog covers the week of August 13th to August 20th. The Cuban School Project reports have been edited out and placed into my August 22 blog.]

Sunday August 18: 

In the News:

OSSTF reiterates plans to continue with local bargaining this fall: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/legislation-not-required-local-negotiations-continue-1692060.htm

Ontario Public School Boards Association opposes legislation but read why: http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1022447/legislation-does-not-put-students-first

Bruce-Grey Catholic Board seeks conciliation after one day of talks with local OECTA unit: http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2012/08/17/teachers-trustees-blast-provinces-plans-to-legislate-contract-terms

Know Thy Enemy: Neo Con Toronto Sun rubs its hands in glee at anti-McGuinty Liberal prospects in September by-elections: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/17/the-by-elections-of-envy

Are only too pleased to report on teacher union-Liberal Party split: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/18/its-mcguinty-versus-ontario-teachers

Here they go full tilt with their Neo Con agenda. Expect a lot more of this: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/18/ontario-teacher-wars-are-back

Toronto Sun also interviews "individual teachers", a common strategy from years past. Seems friendly at first, but with tiime they will increasingly highlight those who are at odds with their union positions to discredit us and push for decertification. It's happened before! It will happen again! Just be aware! There are a lot of "wolves in sheep's clothing" just circling around out there in [s]Tory land waiting for a big Wisconsin style union kill. A teacher movement, as in the Harris years, needs to choose it's allies carefully. All will not be as it seems. See:
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/18/fighting-anti-teacher-blowback

Saturday August 17: 

People for Education summarize main points of new legislation seemingly quite well:
http://www.peopleforeducation.ca/pfe-news/whats-in-the-proposed-education-legislation/

More in the battle of words: The MOE press release on the Putting Students First Act: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/nr/12.08/bg0816a.html

Principals oppose legislation, but don't fully mention why! See earlier blogs for more details on their request to assign us more on calls, and their opposition to new fair hire and assessment clauses!!!! Meanwhile:
http://bl165w.blu165.mail.live.com/default.aspx#!/mail/ViewOfficePreview.aspx?messageid=a7309eac-e929-11e1-847f-00237de46188&folderid=00000000-0000-0000-0000

For info on possible legal challenges to new legislation see: http://bl165w.blu165.mail.live.com/default.aspx#!/mail/ViewOfficePreview.aspx?messageid=a7309eac-e929-11e1-847f-00237de46188&folderid=00000000-0000-0000-0

Toronto Star article with comments from all three party views on new legislation:
http://m.thestar.com/article/1243328--dalton-mcguinty-won-t-risk-minority-government-over-teachers-wages

Author of new book on education history comments on our Ontario system. Interesting! See:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenting/back-to-school/how-the-school-system-got-to-be-the-way-it-is/article4487114/

Education Minister Broten hits by-election hustings in K-W defending legislation. Expects work to rule and no extra-curricular activities by public unions this fall: http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/782838--broten-praises-wage-freeze-bill

US Education Week blog comments on Ontario labour relations: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacherbeat/2012/08/ontario_leaders_teachers_union.html?cmp=SOC-SHR-TW

Sunday August 19th:

In the News:

Premier McGuinty says teacher legislation won't be considered a non confidence vote and hints at August 26 recall of Queen's Park. Conservative Leader Tim Hudak still concerned about lack of grid freeze:

The Globe reports: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/bill-to-impose-teachers-contract-will-not-be-a-confidence-motion-mcguinty-says/article4485704/?cmpid=rss1&utm_source=dlvr.i

The Star reports: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1243199--mcguinty-says-bill-to-impose-teachers-contract-will-not-be-a-confidence-motion#.UC55

ETFO AGM 2012 finishes. Ipad/ Mobile Speech videos available of guest speaker NDP's Andrea Horwath and ETFO President Hammond among others. See: http://annualmeeting.ca/?page_id=75

Thursday August 16: 

In the News:

Details of Liberal legislation released today! School strikes could be banned for 2 years, and new contracts imposed, if not reached by Jan 1st. New OLRB limits. Road map will be imposed if separate affiliate deals not reached by Sept. 1st.

Globe + Mail reports: See: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-liberals-unveil-details-of-threatened-legislation-to-freeze-teachers-pay/article4484298/

CBC reports: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/08/16/toronto-laurel-broten-teachers.html?cmp=rss

People for Education release thoughtfully considered view on current Ontario education crisis, with request everyone keep student's best interests in mind, and continue to work together. See: http://www.peopleforeducation.ca/pfe-news/the-truth-about-the-crisis-in-education/

Wednesday August 15:

In the News:

ETFO survey claims public supports teachers in MOE contract dispute. President Hammond critiques Minister's recent figures. See: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs045/1109381114937/archive/1110738735558.html

NDP party leader Andrea Horwath hits the hustings for votes in Kitchener Waterloo by election. Public school boards would seem to support her critique of Liberal deadline for MOE MOU. See: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs045/1109381114937/archive/1110738735558.html

Public trustees press release critizes OECTA PDT "road map". Claim it will won't be good for students because of fair hire and increased teacher voice in assessment clauses. Ho boy! See: http://www.opsba.org/index.php?q=news/school_boards_protect_students039_rights

Conservatives on by election warpath with expose of Liberal public service pay performance bonuses. Attack Liberals for giving teachers raises 4 years ago. Want across the public sector pay freeze to apply to all public service employees and administrators too. See: http://www.opsba.org/index.php?q=news/school_boards_protect_students039_rights

Toronto Star article on McGuinty promise to review all civil service pay bonuses. Claims Conservatives will use issue to increase by-election leverage and party donations:  http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1242159--dalton-mcguinty-wants-to-review-bonus-pay-system-for-civil-service-managers#.UCv5xlWo5pU.twitter

Toronto Sun article stirs up strike issue debate claiming ETFO can still stage one day protest strike should Liberals move forward with legislation in September, despite assurances to the contrary. See: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/14/contract-chaos

Tuesday August 14: 

Polls showing Liberals taking the lead in Vaughan by-election, the Conservatives in Kitchener Waterloo:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1241559--ontario-liberals-supported-in-vaughan-but-lose-ground-in-kitchener-waterloo-new-polls-show

CBC reports on Minister's Monday's press release with statements from Conservatives and NDP:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/08/13/toronto-ontario-teachers.html

OSSTF refutes Education Minister's Monday statement, claims she is purposefully "creating a crisis in education": http://www.osstf.on.ca/MR-Aug-13-2012

Toronto City News report focus' on how MOE will reduce days retired OT's can teach: http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/219442--province-to-limit-number-of-supply-days-retired-teachers-can-take

Is reduction of retired OT supply days really anything new? See Pensionwise pg 8 from summer 2010:
http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Principals+concerned+about+deal/7080850/story.html

OECTA President Kevin Dwyer questions how boards can be opposed to fair hiring practices, claims nepotism is widespread across province. The Windsor Star reports: http://www.windsorstar.com/Grits+pledge+fair+hiring+teachers/7085772/story.html

Out in Mike Harris [s]Tory land, North Bay Nugget reports Nipissing Conservative MPP assures Near North District public school board he supports wage freeze but wants grid freeze too: http://www.windsorstar.com/Grits+pledge+fair+hiring+teachers/7085772/story.html

Windsor public Principals and VP's oppose fair hiring practice and limits on teacher on calls: http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Principals+concerned+about+deal/7080850/story.html

Monday August 13: 

OECTA Provincial meeting with TSU/TECT membership August 22 to discuss and answer questions on MOU. More details forthcoming through the main office and your staff reps!!!
Further meeting to follow at later date.

MOE targets OT's and new teachers on benefit of changes. I'm not sure where the increased retirment numbers come from. Retired teacher OT days cut from 90 to 50 reference included. See: http://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2012/08/more-opportunities-better-supports-for-young-teachers.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=o

MOE update on PDT time line to Aug. 9th: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/nr/12.07/bg0730.html

A reprinted Moe NTIP news piece. Was added by MOE with above info. Why now? Some special significance? Maybe, maybe not. See: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teacher/induction.html

Canada Press places new teacher focus in context of MOE's fair hire practices. OSSTF, Conservatives and NDP replies: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-liberals-target-younger-teachers-in-labour-battle/article4478538/

ETFO's Sam Hammond sees press release as an attempt to pit new teachers against old: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/contract-road-map-an-attack-on-public-sector-ontario-teachers-union-head-says/article4479753/

Sunday August 12:

Seems like a slow news day folks! I've added any additional links to my Saturday update below:

Saturday August 11:

Some primary documents:

Here's the text of the AEFO MOU in Englishhttp://www.controlyourfuture.ca/wp-content/uploads/MOU-MEDU-AEFO-aug-9-2012.pdf

Here it is in French: http://www.controlyourfuture.ca/wp-content/uploads/MOU-MEDU-AEFO-aug-9-2012-F.pdf

Here's the Education Minister's letter to the school boards. Note her comments on fair hire practice and
teacher assessment of students: http://www.whoisinchargeoftheschoolhouse.com/2012/8/11/letter-sent-to-trustees-by-minister-broten

Here's a convenient link to the Ontario Labour Relation's Act [1995]:http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_95l01_e.htm#s73s1

Here's a link to the OECTA PDT MOU again, for easy cross referencing: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/incoming/read-the-agreement-between-ontario-and-the-catholic-teachers/article4393004/

PDT Articles:

Trustees respond to Broten letter. This Star articles lists the MOEs $$$ estimates on how much each board stands to lose if contracts roll over: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/education/article/1240546--school-boards-will-pay-price-if-there-s-no-deal-laurel-broten-says#.UCZSgz0ZoHK.twitter

More trustees response from the Ottawa Citizenhttp://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Ontario+government+playing+blame+game+school+board+trustees/7074142/story.html

Dufferin Peel Catholic Elementary teachers facing conciliation, prepare for strike vote: http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/1469759--elementary-school-teachers-threaten-strike

ETFO President Sam Hammond restates views of road map as "unacceptable":
http://www.saultstar.com/2012/08/10/teachers-union-balks-at-road-map

Political Activity + Related Articles:

ETFO President meets with NDP's Andra Horwath. They discuss upcoming by-elections:
http://www.controlyourfuture.ca/etfo_news/president-hammond-meets-with-leader-of-the-provincial-ndp/

Andrea Horwath to speak Aug. 14th at EFTO AGM: http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1019273/2012-elementary-teachers-federation-of-ontario-annual-meeting

Premier McGuinty spends Friday in Kitchener Waterloo election hustings again, where main issue remains teacher wage fight. Premier says legislation will be based upon OECTA road map. Calls for input from other parties: http://www.saultstar.com/2012/08/10/teachers-union-balks-at-road-map

Canada Press article on Conservative and NDP response to Premier:  http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/mcguinty-won-t-take-no-for-an-answer-with-teachers-wage-freeze-1.909831

Globe Editorial warns of anti-union Conservative, not an NDP government, should the Liberal's fall
as a result of teacher's actions: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/editorials/timing-of-by-elections-should-give-ontario-teachers-pause/article4475531/

More election speculation on Kitchener Waterloo and Vaughan. This is sort of starting to remind me of 1995. Let's hope cooler minds prevail: http://www.therecord.com/opinion/columns/article/778518--mcguinty-faces-misery-if-liberals-lose-byelections

Beware! The anti teacher "union thuggery" news propaganda campaign is gearing up again big time in the mainstream press!


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