The first election nomination lists should be appearing this Monday. You will not see my name there this week or in the ones to follow. I will not be seeking re-election to the OECTA TSU executive. It has been my honour + pleasure to serve you on executive for the past 5 years. I will now be focusing my attentions elsewise.
My blog will continue. I am quite pleased how it has morphed over the last year to an independent all affiliate teacher + union news site. I want to continue further with my writing + journalism pursuits, especially with the social media and this blog. I am also open to other opportunities if I become aware of them and they are in communications.
I believe I am best able to provide service for our Ontario teachers with my writing + protest activities rather than in political office. Possibly I can have a more constructive and positive influence outside of my immediate OECTA circle too. As always,my goal will be to always provide you with as much info as possible, from a wide variety of views, so that you can decide for yourself as teacher professionals about the education and provincial political issues of the day. I don't like when others take it upon themselves to do so for us. I think this has become especially important with the good fight we continue to face, any deals notwithstanding, to save our democratic + collective bargaining rights in Ontario.
I have differed with your TSU executive on a number of political issues this past year or so. Please know I am leaving you in good hands. You have a strong team of release and executive officers. I regret I have had some strong words with them at times.The OECTA MOU has proven to be very divisive. I question everything + write independently on my blog. This is just the way I am. I leave with no bad feelings or anger. Matter of fact I am even quite fond of them all though you might often not guess it. Indeed I respect them all for their many skills and great dedication they have in serving you our members.
I am honoured to have been a part of the group that implemented our jointly developed platform for change, and has been sticking faithfully to it for the past 4 years. OECTA TSU is now more firmly based upon a modern professional teacher management model which will serve our members well in the years ahead. It is now very pro-active as well, the Joint Committees with our school board providing a strong case in point. TSU has also built capacity. I look forward to still helping in any way I can if they so see fit.
I've decided its a good time now for me to move on to My Life Part 3, as I like to call it. I will have further announcements coming soon should you be interested. Some of you probably all ready know or can guess. I know you should have no problem in finding another suitable candidate to replace me.
UPDATE: As of the May 1st cut off date for nominations, all positions on executive have been acclaimed except for the First VP position. The candidates are incumbant David Szollosy + well known local TSU union figure Frank Bruno.