Mr. Brock's OECTA Halton Elementary unit has stood up for him. Now Mr. Cafferky does too!
When OECTA signed the MoU in July 2012, Richard Brock, President of Halton Elementary Unit, spoke out against the agreement, becoming the leader of the dissenting few in our organization. In daring to oppose the MoU, and more importantly, in daring to oppose those who negotiated the agreement, Mr. Brock made powerful enemies among OECTA’s elites, elites who never forgave nor forgot. Recently, they summoned him before their disciplinary panel and stripped him of his presidency, making of him an example of what happens to dissenters in OECTA, warning all other would be rebels that dissent will be met with harsh reprisals. That’s how the situation appears at present, and appearances count—perception is reality.
The Metro 7 were involved in the OECTA MOU OLRB complaint last winter.
Whether Mr. Jarvis served the interests of OECTA’s members at the Labour Relations Board can be argued both ways, but he will never be brought before this disciplinary panel simply because only the General Secretary can refer cases to that panel. The exercise of the General Secretary’s discretionary power in referring Mr. Brock, his arch-opponenet in the MoU battle, to the disciplinary panel disturbs me greatly. Given that Mr. Jarvis had totally committed himself to MoU fight and could never be viewed by anyone as impartial, surely it would have served our Association’s interests if he had recused himself from the disciplinary process. I feel a less partisan administrator would have chosen to lead OECTA along the path of healing rather than along the path of retribution with all its risks of appearing vindictive and vengeful. Mr. Jarvis’ panel performed as expected and exacted a heavy penalty on Mr. Brock, stripping him of his presidency for two years.
When my unit met at Christmas to ratify the local contract, the executive told us that they, and our sister unit, had successfully negotiated an agreement with OECTA staff (an individual not far removed from the General Secretary’s position) to the effect that OECTA would not append the MoU to the contract. We were repeatedly assured that night that the contract would be sent to the ministry without the MoU appended. In light of this evidence, one must charge the disciplinary panel with flagrant hypocrisy for punishing Mr. Brock so severely for doing to OECTA’s “interests” what OECTA had already conceded to other units.
The rules either apply to all or to none: Justice has not been served. Our Association needs to heal, not to engage in another round of senseless in-fighting. We may be angry with each other, but our real enemies are not members of the Association. I call on President Ryan to reinstate Mr. Brock and to bring this sordid MoU saga to an end. Let us all bury the MoU along with the hatchet.