It has been said that "freedom of the press" belongs to those who own the press. Hopefully with our new social media those who disagree or have another point of view can no longer be silenced.
We await with interest to see if the mainstream media will also "choose" not to acknowledge the ETFO member's open reply, also included at my same blog link.
More media analysis follows below, but first .....
March 13, 2013
Letter to the Editor Toronto Star
Re: Brave Richmond Hill teacher needs support on extracurricular activities
It is unfortunate that your characterization of our union implies that the will of many members is somehow divorced from its leadership. The reality is that, like other democratic institutions, union representatives are elected and serve at the will of their members. ETFO members across the province have personally opted to take the only action available to them to protest the loss of their democratic rights through the withdrawal of voluntary/extracurricular activities. While the vast majority continues to urge their union to support those actions, others such as Ms. Beattie wish to do otherwise.
As disappointed as parents, students and teachers may be at the current impasse in government discussions, the implementation of Bill 115 under the previous premier and education minister has created huge ramifications for working people and students who will one day enter the workforce. The responsibility for the current situation rests squarely with the provincial government and only that government can implement the change that will restore peace and stability to our schools.
This impasse in the education sector isn’t about gaining more money; it is about the loss of democratic rights, and the wilful disregard for provisions put in place in previously agreed-to contracts. One of the few democratic processes that working people have in their defence is the right to collectively bargain. It is a right that various provincial governments, the federal government, and other corporately-driven interests have taken steps to diminish or destroy.
That an overwhelming majority of ETFO members support our advice and are personally choosing to stand up for these fundamental rights by making very difficult decisions speaks to the seriousness of what is at stake.
Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Toronto
More Media Spin: It's interesting that since receiving Sam's letter the Toronto Star has decided to only print private members letters on the so called ETFO "mutiny". IMHO it is a further attempt to drive an anti union wedge between the members and the leadership they elected + direct, at least in the public eye. Sometimes the letters erroneously repeat the false claims that the ETFO leadership is making the decisions and not allowing the members to continue with EC's against their own wishes. Fortunately, a number of very eloquent + knowledgeable teachers have arisen to the occasion, as highlighted by this link @ Letters
You can send your own letter to the Toronto Star @ Write a letter!
Further reading: This timely ETFO Voice article places the widespread anti union attacks within the wider neo right political economic agenda since the 2008 financial collapse. A must read @ ETFO Voice
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