[My Ontario Teacher + Union Acronym Guide list is @ Dictionary]
The very peace that law, order and good government provide in a democratic society is increasingly at risk. A democratic government is defined as “government that is established on trust to safeguard the rights of the people” (John Locke). A government that seeks to destroy or eradicate the rights of workers or any other target group of the people is by definition not a democratic government, and should more accurately be awarded an authoritarian label. This reasoning also applies to OECTA. A union is established on trust to safeguard the rights of its members. The increasing pressure for provincial “bargaining” in the education sector with the attendant lack of the requisite (inconvenient) ratification voting by the teachers and their local units is truly alarming. The local units are the closest to the actual members and actually know their needs. Voting is the only mechanism for approval or disapproval of a collective agreement that exists in a democratic system. If there is a total absence of member voting; there is no possibility of majority rule and hence no democracy.
Rebuilding democracy: It is not easy!
Guest blogs + online petitions like Pams are one way to fight the good fight for democracy!
A petition is one of the increasingly limited democratic ways we can make member wishes known to Provincial OECTA. I hope that teachers will embrace this opportunity to voice their dissatisfaction at the terrible injustice that has been inflicted upon our brother union member.
I strongly urge all Ontario OECTA members to sign the justice committee’s petition and let OECTA Provincial know that we all want OECTA to be a union that is a democracy (not an oligarchy), and a democracy that safeguards the interests and rights of all its members, including the rights of President Richard Brock, as it is mandated to do.