Why is being a union member important for you as a teacher? The union is first and foremost responsible for collective bargaining. That of course involves negotiating your salary and working conditions. It is quite understandable to be very cynical about how well our Ontario teacher union affiliates [AEFO, ETFO, OECTA and OSSTF] have recently represented you in that department. During the 2012-13 contract negotiations with the Ontario government they acquiesced to contract stripping, most notably of our sick day plans and the grandfathering of our retirement gratuities. The membership anger has been quite palatable.
Here's a guest blog proposal for a union member bill of rights @ Click!
Could electronic voting increase grassroots democracy in our unions? @ Click!