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Monday, 13 January 2014

Teacher Free Speech: On 300,000 reader visits!


On Sunday night January 12 the 300,000 reader visit was clocked on my blog. Thanks! You know who you are ..... Hmmm. Maybe not? ;-) Actually, the thanks go to everybody who has visited my blog to engage in our discussions, forums, ask questions and post guest blogs. We are the teacher unions! Together we are strong! It's great to be of some service in helping provide + facilitate a teacher free speech platform for you all, when it's otherwise so sadly lacking.


Just for your information and perhaps a little fun, I would like to take this occasion to share some blog facts with you.

Here are the Top 10 most read blogs on my site from between May 2011 to Jan 2014.

[You can find these, along with 452 other blogs in the Archive below this column, organized by Year, Date + Month. I am providing the links here too. They are:

1] ETFO at the OLRB Continued! [Feb 6 2013] @ Here!

2] The OECTA MOU Verses OSSTF's [Nov 23 2012] @ Here!

3] February Teacher Protest News Digest [Feb 10 2013] @ Here!

4] Release: The OECTA MOU OLRB Ruling [Feb. 27 2013] @ Here!

5] OECTA's Bad Boy Brock: Guilty Verdict [ Sept. 5 2013] @ Here!

6] Ask Angelo: A New Q+A Blog Feature [ Oct. 28 2013] @ Here!

7] The Brock Dismissal: Some Legal Considerations [ Sept. 16 2013] @ Here!

8] Is OECTA to be Trusted? An ETFO Member Letter [ Oct. 4 2013] @ Here!

9] Surprise OECTA MOU Agreement [July 5 2012] @ Here!

10] Ask Angelo! An OECTA Follow Up Letter [Nov. 18 2013] @ Here!


Like at OECTA, teacher free speech is under attack, more than ever before!

Number of Teacher Free Speech Comments to Date = 2351

Top 10 Readership by Country

1] Canada: 200,555
2] USA: 51,104
3] Russia: 4,997
4] France: 3,824
5] Germany: 3,515
6] UK: 2,629
7] Indonesia: 1,836
8] China: 1,221
9] Poland: 1,209
10] Ukraine: 954

Speak out! As teachers + unionists we can make a difference!

Thanks!

David Chiarelli



COMMENTS:

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your readership statistics! That should quell any rumours that it was just our Provincial Executive keeing in thousands of times over and over again! LOL.

David Chiarelli said...

Thanks! Yup. This is absolutely for real folks! Interesting on how some would want to deny it or shut me down eh? Says a lot.

Anonymous said...

Most of the international posts are far more interested in David's Scuba and Cuba stories than Ontario educational politics.

Reality Woman

David Chiarelli said...

Wrong again Reality Woman! Try unionists from Wisconsin + Michigan. They can't believe that our unions are selling us out.
Besides, they don't like Cuba much + the scuba stories are very few and far between. Maybe write off 104 of the 51,104 reader visits stateside max. Hmmm. Where are you coming up with your "facts"? Oooops! Let me guess? OECTA Provincial!

Cheers!

David C

Anonymous said...

Some Suggested Resolutions for REALITY WOMAN:
1. Read Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People."
2. Work on positivity for 2014.
3. Get Off You Couch!
4. Facts-get your facts straight!
Happy New Year and Just Suggestin'
-OECTA Perception Boy

David Chiarelli said...

Regretfully Reality Woman, you can't just post facts you pull out of thin air and pick fights with the readers to shit disturb here. Try posting something with constructive criticism + a well developed arguments. Am deleting both your latest.

Anonymous said...

Reality woman needs some reality therapy! She is certainly not impressing anyone with her knowledge of the issues!

Anonymous said...

Up with FREE SPEECH and up with FREE and UNFETTERED COLLECTIVE BARGAINING for teachers and other education workers. DOWN with DICTATORS and TYRANNY!!! Protect WORKER RIGHTS including OURS!

Anonymous said...

Reality Woman needs to get real. Whatever happened to Angelo and Lawman? we miss them.

Fantasy Man

David Chiarelli said...

Yes! I don't know what happened. Angelo came by once recently and posted a reply to a question I asked, over at the "Ask Angelo #2" blog we began before Christmas. He seemed rather non committal, basically just saying don't give up hope etc. We do have a major situation here though.

With the help of the discussion on the 2 "Ask Angelo" blogs, including the contributions from Lawman and everybody else, Mr. John Cafferky [and I believe a few other members as well] submitted really comprehensive lists of questions to OECTA Provincial Executive requesting an answer. Indeed he is entitled to that by OECTA's own handbook and rules. But as far as I know nothing has been forthcoming. Nothing.

COP was also promised 2 legal reports in December, which has long since come + gone, soon January too, nothing either.

Apparently none of the issues raised were discussed at the December monthly PE meeting, so I wouldn't hold your breath. Basically it seems provincial isn't saying or doing anything, and that's where it remains. It flies in the face of everything one would expect. It was all done in good faith and by the book, but rules + procedures don't seem to mean squat anymore, I guess.

The OECTA legal case has tied Richard up in red tape and spiraling legal costs, such that his civil court hearing can't proceed. That came out of the blue just before Christmas.

So what does this all tell you?

It's a very sad and regretful situation. Even if its a winning strategy of some kind from up at the provincial office it is a very, very toxic and unhealthy state of affairs. I can't see how any good can come of it for the collective good, or anybody else who is going to have to work with OECTA this year. Read my January 1st blog if you want to know more of my thoughts on all this. Basically, the answer from OECTA Provincial has been a big, resounding ..... nothing.

One might hope things well get cleared up at March AGM, should the assembly wish to exercise its will, but I wouldn't count on that myself. The membership apathy + perhaps even in some unit cases the complicity too, seems to run very deep.

There's a lot of members who are going to suffer dearly in the long term, if they end up with an unresponsive and undemocratic union, but if they don't want to do anything, well then this is what you get.

It's really up to the membership from here on in. I think pretty much everything that can be done has been done by now, at least by those who have expressed concern here in the blogsite's open forums. Can't say they didn't make an honest sincere effort but I'm afraid that's about it.

If I'm missing any info please fill us in.

Otherwise, my blog will be focusing on the upcoming by-elections, the spring election if it comes and the all affiliate contract talks between now and this summer. My other unrelated news services and other regular features will continue as usual. This site shouldn't just be about OECTA, OECTA, OECTA, so there is still lots else to attend to, I promise you it won't be dull.

Yours,

David C

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