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Friday, 3 May 2013

The May 3 All Affiliate Wynne Protest!

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We had teachers from all three affiliates protesting outside Premier Wynne's constituency office during the busy rush hour on Elginton Ave East Toronto after school today; ETFO, OSSTF and OECTA. It was a sunny balmy day. One of those quirky Toronto ones were winter suddenly vanishes into summer seemingly overnight. The only sign of spring is the buds on the trees now already a sea of bushy green on the side streets and motorways along my way here. The cars were bumper to bumper. A lot of them honked, the drivers and passengers pumping their fists in the air. Nope. They weren't giving us the finger. We waved our rag tag collection of placards and flags from a long winter of protests past.


With the nice weather one fears many of our once ardent fellow teachers make for the Starbucks sidewalk cafes perhaps the golf course, the winter of our discontent, like a bad dream one would like to shake. Indeed it seemingly dissipates in the heat of the new season, with summer holidays fast approaching. However the hardcore protesters remain, like we always have, many of us since the Harris years.


The Premiers office was locked up and dark. Nobody there though it was still only after school. It certainly seemed odd. I remember many times when we helped candidate Wynne get elected MPP, then again later in the fight to defeat PC leader John Tory in Kathleen's riding when she was our Minister of Education. The door would be wide open. She'd be there laughing and greeting us. How times change!


We are still here Kathleen! All is still not well with our teachers. We are not going away, not now, not anytime soon. The good fight for our profession, our students and our schools carries on!

COMMENT HERE:

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bring on Hudak. The OLP have been either liars or total incompetents. When Wynne suggested that she didn't realize the movement of the gas plants was that costly she shows total incompetence. If she is lying that is even worse. The new budget just increased our deficit. Our province cannot go on like this. Hudak's plan to freeze all government wages is needed. The scar on teachers from the OLP Bill 115 is too ugly in my mind. OECTA and OSSTF accepting the beat down boggles the mind. Making cozy with our new premier who sat at the Bill 115 table boggles the mind. Bring on Timmy. Fortunately, I am retiring next year. I want to sit back and watch Timmy finish the job. Watching OECTA and OSSTF members follow like sheep is pathetic. David, you are one of the few continuing to fight the fight and you really have no need to- you will retire soon.
Break down a failing system Timmy. I watch the pathetic young teachers come in strutting like they are God's gift to teaching. It ain't so. Presently, all you need to be able to do is talk the talk - use the jargon etc. Very few teachers are walking the walk. I have never had the time during a 40 minute lunch to go out and hit a bucket of golf balls (See LFP). At my school the Boston marathoners run during lunch and prep. Some of us have it too good. There is not one teacher on my staff who wants to dialogue about what was done to us. Forget and forgive I guess. Perhaps that's why bullying is widespread in our society. Bring on Timmy and his right to work. Surely, teachers aren't voting for the OLP.

Anonymous said...

Whatever you do, don't split the vote that would enable Hudak's neo republiCONS to win with a plurality.

Anonymous said...

The first post is the strangest post I've seen here. If some teachers think Hudak is a friend of teachers, they are dupes. Hudak is no friend of teachers. In fact he takes pride bashing them and their reps. In the next election, my first preference is NDP. But I agree with the 2nd poster. If the NDP has no chance, vote Lib. Hold your nose if you must. The PCs want to slash, burn, and destroy. Been there. Done that. No thanks.

Anonymous said...

Can we please form a new party? I don't trust any of these b_ _ t _ _ _ s. They seem to have no regard for collective bargaining rights for workers at all, unless they are assigning themselves hefty raises and benefits! There should be a system of voting by the public for political collective agreement items and we should apply the same principles or lack thereof they are applying to us to them! We should be able to save a lot of our taxpayer dollars that way !We can save a lot of money in this province by cuts to the government.

Anonymous said...

Hudak is no friend of teachers, but, is the OLP our friend after the pounding they gave us? OECTA and OSSTF were okay with it. ETFO seems to be holding out. Was the reason OSSTF and OECTA signed a fear of an even bigger bully in HUDAK. We are told to preach anti-bullying every day in our schools yet signing a Bill 115 forced contract was the greatest sign of caving to the bully. Very hypocritical in my mind. I question what you proved to your students. You proved that you couldn't stand up to the bully. The loss of testosterone in a male dominated union (OSSTF) is astonishing. Perhaps it was the pent up excitement to get that jock strap back out there on the fields and courts. I hope your membership doesn't have to defend our country in the future. God help us. Signing something because there has been a promise to be fair next time is a joke. I am sad to say I am part of a union that gave up the fight.

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