639 ballots allowed/ 635 ballots cast/ 2 spoiled ballots
My School Edition blog congratulates our James Ryan!
James Ryan 324 /Kevin O'Dwyer 309
Summary: Yesterday's applause-o-meter was correct. It was a very close race! I don't get it. Everyone took a cut in sick days. Many of us lost our accumulated sick days and some of us even had our gratuities arbitrarily taken away. While our OSSTF + ETFO colleagues were on out the streets protesting, and withholding ECC's we were sitting comfortably in class after having willing signed them away with our local contracts ratification votes. I find the implications for our OECTA sense of solidarity and will to fight contract stripping, two of the most basic union principles, incomprehensible.
The struggle is not over. There is a big internal and external divide which still threatens to destroy OECTA from within. Restoring our credibility + good will with the other affiliates remains a daunting task. Positive outcomes are by any means certain. Now the real work begins.
My blogsite has always encouraged constructive criticism + a wide range of different points of view. It is unofficial, so we can speak freely, to engage each other, or at least explain our different positions. I hope it can continue to be such a forum as we all try to pull together to make OECTA work. Many of my new OECTA readers, indeed even many of my existing ones might not agree with my point of view, especially on matters like the OECTA MOU. That is by no means a prerequisite for expressing your side of the issues here on my site, through submitting guest blog or by using the comment bar below each blog. Please do!
Point of interest: Kevin can step down, under our procedures, to run for table officer. If he were to win he would become OTF president next year. How will the other affiliates respond to that?
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