Domine quo vadis?
I place a premium on solidarity, especially after the 2008 financial meltdown led to private corporations worldwide transferring massive private losses onto the public ledger. Because the governments cannot absorb the private losses, the financial sector has launched a ferocious campaign against the public sector and public sector unions. I know one thing for certain: public sector unions did not blow the system up in 2008—private banks and insurance companies and hedge funds did that. Why does the public service have to bear the burden of gambling losses at private banks? A union such as ours cannot go head-to-head financially with a major bank, but we can put more boots on the ground, and that takes solidarity writ large. For the sake of the future generations, we need to nurture our boots on the ground (even cuddle them), to renounce the jaded indifferent opportunism at Head Office, and revitalize our beautiful association with genuine solidarity and a unified determination to fight for justice and the common good. Viva OECTA!