Media Alert: Some thoughts on strategy and messaging. Some old, some new. Let's refocus a little bit before we get on with the December news links starting tomorrow:
Education Minister Laurel Broten takes a karaoke break! Want to guess what she's singing?!? Visit my Comments link below........................... ;-)
The OSSTF strike threat should finally cut threw the ridiculous OLP media spin that the provinces MOU plans for teachers are unfolding as they should. The MOE's December 31st MOU deadline fast approaches. All is definitely not well. Can the government simply bully it's way out of this one vis a vis Bill 115 without getting a really bad black eye or two.? Hopefully both ETFO and OSSTFs strategy and communication departments have thought this through very, very carefully.Will they seize the momentum or just set themselves up for a knock out punch? It's damn risky, but we do live in dangerous times! I'm going to go against the odds and bet on the public school unions. Even should the MOE force the MOU on everybody, they are going to pay very dearly for it. Here's the Toronto Stars latest report from the Liberal bully pit:
Problems ahead? Latest Forum Research Poll shows majority support teachers, but a majority also don't approve job actions and strikes. Article does get it's unions mixed up. Significant? See: Latest Forum Teacher Strike Poll
McGuinty education speech totally omits labour strife. There is a very serious disconnect with reality in the OLP. Eh? Oh yes in OECTA Provincial too. See: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1295629--rob-ford-eligible-to-run-in-by-election
Thomas Walkom's Toronto Star column succinctly explains the "better to go down fighting" argument I was discussing on my blogsite earlier this week. I'd add, "Take down an honour guard with you!" See: http://m.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1295924--walkom-why-it-makes-sense-for-ontario-teachers-to-go-on-strike
Metro News sticks to tied, old "schools on brink of chaos" argument requiring MOE intervention. Claims ETFO is planning on a one day strike. I've heard that rumour too, but also of rotating strikes. Would be great to be a fly on the wall down at the ETFO war room eh? See: http://metronews.ca/news/ottawa/458991/schools-on-brink-of-chaos-as-elementary-teachers-prepare-to-strike/
Are Ontario's Public Elementary schools teetering on the edge of chaos?? ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz!
PC Education Critic Lisa McLeod considers ETFO's actions politically "shrewd". The National Posts Scott Stinson thinks they will backfire in the public eye. See: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/11/29/scott-stinson-ontario-teachers/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
MOE Broten approves the OSSTF tentative contracts with Ottawa, Kawartha, Lakehead, Durham and Simcoe boards for ratification purposes. So far this week the contracts have been turned down 2:1 by the membership. This has been a real public optics debacle for the ministry. It's different when the rank and file is sending out a resounding no! Can't blame that on "barking union leaders" as the Sun claims eh? See: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1294435--dalton-mcguinty-not-worried-after-two-high-school-unions-reject-contracts
Late News Tip: OSSTF Hamilton Wentworth teachers rejected their contract today! Voted no! Thames Valley votes next week. Still no voting numbers being shown for any of these ratification votes or am I missing something [?!] Por que no/ Why not? I personally am quite pleased the contracts are being rejected but it's only fair and transparent to show the results! BTW This link is very cheesy. It keeps trying to re-direct you to the newspapers Christmas shopping section. See: OSSTF Hamilton Wentworth Rejects Contract
OSSTF Upper Grand contract ratification irregularities being cited! Executive officers resigning as accusations fly! Controversy focus on violation of proper ratification procedures as per by laws and constitution! See: OSSTF Upper Grand Ratification Challenged
OSSTF President Ken Coran claims there is a clause in Bill 115 that would allow it to be repealed by an Order in Council. I've heard this before too. He urges the OLP to use do so to avoid more chaos. See:
OSSTF's Ken Coran will hold a press conference Monday on their next actions. It will be held at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel at 3pm. Details at: http://www.osstf.on.ca/MA-Nov-30-2012
Grits bounce back into 2nd place behind the Tories edging out the NDP in the latest poll. The leadership race is sure to give the OLP a big bump just by dominating the news headlines. Don't doubt for a minute this was a big consideration behind McGuinty suddenly resigning this fall. See: http://m.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1295537--ontario-liberals-leadership-grits-bounce-up-to-second-place-in-latest-poll
Read the Forum Poll tea leaves for yourself to try to figure out what's going on: http://www.threehundredeight.com/2012/11/ontario-liberals-gain-at-expense-of-ndp.html
Going for the top? OLP Leaders Forum at Canadian Club by $ ticket $ only. Moderator is Steve Paikin. I know Steve is top notch and the Canadian Club provides a challenging forum but it just somehow rubs me the wrong way as being rather elitist especially with the theme "Who Will Be Ontario's Next Premier". Colour me wrong. Here's the ticket info: http://www.canadianclub.org/Events/EventDetails.aspx?id=3212
OK Good news I guess. You can watch the first leadership debate on line at 1pm Saturday. Personally I plan to go Christmas shopping. Only problem with that is I usually just end up buying stuff for myself that I see and like. Alas. Watch the debate at: Watch First OLP Leadership Race
Let's not forget CUPE's struggle in December either!
Taking it to the streets? CUPE Local 4400 runs new transit videos and still ads to show how school board workers are necessary for quality education. A top notch media campaign all the way. Definitely check this out. Placement of ads at transit and subway stations is a fabulous mass outreach program too. IMHO teachers should consider video shorts running at regular interviews on the subway screens like CUPE is doing, especially during rush hour! Just a thought. See: http://www.cupe.on.ca/d2137/cupe-local-4400-transit
Pension Alert: Both the OLP and the PC's are coming after our pensions in the new year. Make no doubt about it! Here's Tim. More to follow. See: http://www.ontariopc.com/news/hudak-reform-public-service-pensions-to-be-sustainable-affordable-and-fair/
Rob Ford Again? Listen: this guy is our number one local union buster and right wing #@$#@%. The scary thing is his popular appeal. TVO Agenda's Steve Paikin considers the horrible possibility that he could still win the next city election if forced out of office: http://theagenda.tvo.org/blog/agenda-blogs/why-rob-ford-could-win-again
Toronto Star Royson James article describes why Ford is his own worst enemy. He also focuses on the bare truth that Ford was accepting "donations" from "lobby groups" who would usually want something in return. Why do folk think the complaint went to the integrity commission anyway? Left wing pinkos just out to get Ford? For shame! This is a must read. See: Ford Lobby Donations
Why the left must reclaim the Ford conversation in Toronto from the "tabloid and talk radio poo flingers" or face losing the battle. How? They can hate. We don't have to. Still we don't give in. Sound complicated? Blogger Sol Chrom provides an interesting argument. See: http://theagenda.tvo.org/blog/agenda-blogs/why-rob-ford-could-win-again
News Flash! Ho boy! Wouldn't you just know it! Only in Toronto! Judge decides Rob Ford can run in a by-election before 2014! More details to follow. For now see: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1295629--rob-ford-eligible-to-run-in-by-election
Worried?!? Remember: Rob Ford has at least one other court case for libel coming up in December.
BTW: Get this! Ford showed up out of the blue in our condo lobby this week to say hi to all the kids! Reaction? Kids? Parents? Innocent by-standers? They had nothing but praise. Apparently he really turned on the old charm. Wish I was there! ;-)
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!
Sometime I'll tell the story of how Ford showed up staggering drunk on my buddy Sparky's front porch while election campaigning door to door asking if he had any beer. I kid you not!!! Sparky invited him in! Why couldn't that have happened to me!?! What a great blog that would've made eh? An interview with Rob Ford. Drunk. On my couch. We could put on party hats. Photos and all......
PS: Sparky! Glad you have escaped winter in Florida! I plan to post the articles you sent me on teacher politics from down your way soon. Reader jaws will drop in shock! Wow! Take care good buddy! Any chance I could drop down during the holidays to ... er .... check out the school conditions?!?
PPS: Will spell and grammar check this blog later, gotta run for now....................................
PPPS: A lot of this weeks blogs have been updated below........................................