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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Teacher Free Speech February News + Views!

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TEACHER + UNION

OSSTF secondary teachers are now also being asked to ratify a 2 year "contract extension" deal to help the Wynne Liberals through the 2018 provincial elections, without any school unrest, by their "leadership". Whatever happened to collective bargaining? Local bargaining? Not giving into the concession bargaining forced upon the members by Bill 115 and the MOU's? Is this the "remedy"? What about accountability? The Lib's divide and conquer strategy now seems all but complete, as the province's teacher and education workers are asked to throw in the towel. A sad day! AEFO and CUPE have already ratified their deals. More below on ETFO and OECTA, and @ Star

Meanwhile: Striking Nova Scotia teachers are making history! On February 17th, 9300 are on a one day strike across the province for the very first time. They seem undaunted by the disgraceful recent actions of our Ontario teacher and education worker "leadership", who's busy collaborating with our own Neo Liberal government. Story @ R+F

Nova Scotia: A province wide teacher strike occurred on Friday Feb. 16th! It was to protest the Liberal McNeil governments plans to legislate a contract, after the last three tentative deals were rejected forthright, by the grass root, frontline members @ CBC

Strike Three! Out? A Nova Scotia Teacher expresses displeasure with the latest and third "tentative deal"  that their union has negotiated with the provincial government. It's a familiar story in Ontario too! Government bad faith. A bad union contract deal. Little substantial change to improve the teachers' work conditions. Ditto the students' learning conditions. Unlike here, the ratification vote might very well once again be a "no go" @ Xpress


British Columbia? Ontario? Both province's efforts to force legislated contracts on their teachers were called foul by the courts. Now it's Nova Scotia's turn at bat! More details @ CBC

CLC [Canadian Labour Congress] reminds Nova Scotia Premier Brian McNeil that he should follow past supreme court rulings and bargain with the teachers in good faith @ CLC

Nova Scotia teachers stalwart act of civil disobedience in the face of the McNeil government's undemocratic, bullying, tactics are cited as an inspiration for us all @ Solidarity Halifax

The Nova Scotia Teacher Union brace as the McNeil Liberal government's legislates a contract upon them. Follow developments @ Facebook

NTSU President Liette Doucet explains why their teachers reject the legislation and are still prepared to fight, unlike in Ontario, where the provincial union executives seem too busy kissing OLP butt  @ NTSU

NSTU teachers explain why the rejected the 3rd tentative offer. Enough committees and talk, talk, talk @ CBC


Sigh! Alas! Ontario teacher union "leadership" sell members an OLP "deal"!

Drinking the red Neo Liberal Wine, eh? The ETFO elementary public teachers union announce a 2 year tentative contract extension deal with the Ontario Wynne Liberal government. If ratified by it's members, the  imperiled Lib's will be scott free from any teacher negotiations or work actions during the 2018 provincial election. Details @ ETFO and @ Globe and @ CBC

Meanwhile the OECTA Catholic teachers will ratify their Liberal sweetheart deal on March 1st! @ Star

The OSSTF public secondary teachers remain the only Ontario teacher union to tell the Wynne government to go stuff it @ Blog

Wynne is languishing at an all time low of 11% in the most recent Forum poll, with the OLP 1 point behind the NDP at 24 to 25% respectively. The PC's have a whopping 44%, a lead that they usually fritter away by election day. But whom are the teachers gambling on? Alas @ Sun

She Who Laughs First: The Wynne Liberals must be enjoying a good laugh at the grass root, frontline teachers expense, but one wonders how much longer she will even be around @ Globe

For some more "inside" scoops, please see our teacher readers' comments at the bottom of this blog .....


Classism in Academia: How well do our schools, unions and even one's teacher colleagues support each other, when trouble arises? Is it done equally? A working class, female teacher argues no! In some cases, it might be easier to just "blame the victim" and/or just let them suffer in silence, without anybody being any the wiser. More @ ClassAction

Special Education Overload: It's a story Ontario teachers can often well identify with! Their colleagues in Newfoundland and Labrador are being left to cope with inclusive classrooms where sometimes more than half the students have special needs! Where's the necessary resources and support? In many cases, they just aren't there. Everybody, students' and teachers' alike, suffer the dire repercussions @ CBC


School lunch in Japan!

What A Difference!!! Check out school lunch in Japan! Of course, we are not nearly as regimented a society, but there's a trade off .... Some food for thought -no pun intended! ..... Well, OK! OK! There is! Watch @ Youtube

Familiar Story: Newfoundland and Labrador teachers lament that weak disciplinary measures, low academic standards and oversized classes are creating a poor student learning environment. Meanwhile, graduation rates are up, as they are forced to accept late assignments, disruptive behaviour and just pass everybody along @ CBC

Never Thought We'd See The Day: Southwestern Ontario public school's are now cancelling cross border fieldtrips! The US is being deemed unsafe and unfit for our diverse student population's wellbeing. Border crossing restrictions and protest concerns are cited @ CBC


"Cannabis Corner" or "Save Those Receipts": An independent human rights board has ruled that a worker's medical cannabis expenses are to be covered by his employee insurance plan. It's a small, but significant beginning @ Lift

PS: Remember -Cannabis News y Views has now been moved to be Oh Cannabis blog!

Thames Valley public board in-house sick day "snitch line" deemed unprofessional @ LFP


Angela Davis

Black History Month: From Black Power to Black Lives Matter, the fight against racism and oppression continues! An overview with lots of thought provoking, iconoclastic pictures and images, that can fuel meaningful discussion @ Telesur

Some Canadian Union Solidarity: OSSTF tweets that they've made a $10,000  donation to the US ACLU [American Civil Liberties Association] "in support of ACLU's tireless advocacy in the face of Donald Trump's #MuslimBan"! @ Twitter

TTC [Toronto Transit Authority] ATU [Amalgamated Transit Union] Local 113 union President Bob Kinnear and his entire executive are removed by the organization's US based parent group, in what locally looks at first brush, like a hostile foreign takeover @ Star

Concerned parents voice their alarm over Betsy DeVos, President Trump's Education Secretary nominee. They argue that the future of the US public school's is at stake @ WP


Trump's girl Betsy + her friends have arrived to help do his dirty work!

Trump's Education Department appointees raise brows by joking about African Americans, trans and "fat chicks" on Facebook and Twitter. Alas! Not much "extreme vetting" here, I'm afraid @ Politico

Understanding Privilege? Here's a very concrete lesson plan! It shows how privilege actually works to deny others an equal opportunity, often through no fault of their own, in this case depending upon where you find yourself seated in class. It's hard to argue with the results! Even in the real world! Now, if everyone cleans up afterwards, rather than create extra work for support staff, it could also be a lesson on environmental stewardship! Ha! Read @ Damn

Meanwhile at the Cuban Schools: Teacher training is the key for providing universal access to education across the island's diverse, and sparser rural regions. Special education, agricultural, industrial, mechanical and academic programs are available. Local, mixed grade classes, and boarding schools too. Teacher resources continue to be developed and shared. Despite the obstacles, including a crippling 50 year plus US economic embargo, a 99.8% literacy rate has been achieved by the rogue socialist state @ CD and @ CIA

Protesters -Get Up! Stand Up! But Know Your Rights and Responsibilities! The Canadian Edition: Can you be arrested for organizing or participating in a protest? What can't and can't you legally do? How about the police? Know this -Knowledge is power @ PEN

TORONTO ONTARIO CANADA


A picture's worth a thousand words ....

The "Definitive Analysis" of the infamous Trudeau and Trump handshake. Very funny. Take with a few grains of salt. My Canuck reader's will get it, hope it can be a bit insightful for our US friends too! Ha ha @ Vice

Trudeau verses Trump -What a  study in contrasts @ Affinity

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visit with US President Donald Trump in Washington proves quite a sharp but very diplomatic contrast in politics and style. Here's a good overview with lots of video and news links from the day's top stories @ Globe

Here's the leaders official joint statement @ PM.GC

Here's a transcript of the two leaders statements after their meeting @ Star

Here's a video of their press conference @ Youtube


Meet Canuck PM " Joe" Trudeau! Not shown -his wife "Sofa"!

PM "Joe" Trudeau: Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer gets our Prime Minister's name wrong, as he praises their talks. Ho boy! What else are the meatheads in the White House getting wrong about us too?!? Wait! Don't answer that!!! ;-) Shiiiiiiiver's @ CTV

Much of the Canadian news focus is on Trump's comments that the Canada US NAFTA agreement only needs "tweaking", whatever that means @ Star

Dept. of Tweak: What Trump thinks "needs fixing", and what Canada does, might well turn out to be two quite different things, as free trade increasingly looks like a "zero sum game" @ CBC

Stateside, ultra right wing Neo Conster's Fox News emphasize his comment that he didn't come to "lecture" the Donald on US immigration policy, perhaps cutting him some slack @ Fox

Bonus Points: Trudeau played the Ivana Trump card very well during a sit down session on women leaders in business. Across from the seemingly "with it" twosome, awkwardly sat the ol' pussy grabber himself, smiling smugly @ CB

The PET [Pierre Elliot Trudeau] Angle @ CTV

NDP Leader/ Not Leader Thomas Mulcair argues that the Liberal's much touted "Counter-radicalization" office must also target the alt-right threat in Canada. Unfortunately, you need to pay to read this or hand out credit card information on any of the link's I've seen. So much for the NDP being a "people's" party?

All But Lost In The News Shuffle: Trudeau touts the CETA [Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement] deal between us and the European Union, while Canucks are fixated belly gazing at our "Goodbye to NAFTA" fears. There's little mention that huge protests have erupted across Europe by progressives concerned about CETA's blatant corporate agenda. Once again, if the NDP has anything to say, the story certainly isn't getting out there either @ Vice



The Human Faces: Meet the 6 victims, shot in the back during prayer at their Quebec mosque. Vigils erupt across Canada @ Vice

Ten Minutes of Terror: survivors tell their story @ CBC

The Quebec mosque opens it's doors for the public to see the bloody carnage, after police are finished their murder investigation. Why? To show how hate can lead to the loss of innocent life @ CBC

Muslim Terrorists?!? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau slams Fox News for tweeting false "alternative facts" about the Quebec City shooting suspects @ Canoe Much more at @ Guardian

The Right Wing Quebec Mosque Shooting "Truther" Movement: How did the misleading "alternative facts" get started? How did they spread? Very insightful! More about "truthiness" via the Canadian Rebel Media and Info Wars B-Grade Breitbart "narrative" @ Vice

White Terrorism 101: Meet the actual shooter, Alexander Bissonnette, aged 27. He's a white suburban Canadian born Quebecer. Studied Anthropology and Political Science at Laval. Is a well known "online troll" among local activist circles; a racist, a misogynist, as well as a Canadian Donald Trump supporter. He's pro Israel. Anti gun control. A moderate conservative turned right wing extremist. So. He got himself a 9mm handgun capable of 15 shots. Headed off to his local Muslim mosque. Now he's charged with 11 counts of murder/attempted murder @ CBC and @ Telesur

Reality Fix: Why are white nationalists the extremists we should really fear? Seems that there are now over 100 active white power groups operating across Canada @ Vice

Islamophobic Hate Crimes 101: The rate has steadily and dramatically increased since the so called Quebec Charter of Values passed in  2013. Extreme vetting anybody? More @ Telesur


"Rebel Media" eyes Canada!

Ontario Party Consensus: A Liberal backbencher motion "condemning all forms of Islamophobia" receives unanimous 3 party support at Queen's Park @  Globe

Anti Anti Islamophobia: Canadian Islamophobics are suddenly becoming ardent, ahem .... "free speech" advocates as the Canadian government considers a similar motion. 4 Conservative leadership hopefuls; Leitch, Trost, Alexander and Lemieux, join US based Rebel Media in working up a pretty .... er .... racy crowd for the camera's at a recent Toronto rally that's received a lot of attention @ Vice

Listen carefully: Rebel Media [see above] are also the group of agitators whom I reported where stirring up the crowds at last November's Toronto "Love Trump's Hate" rally, while I was helping marshall the event. They then filmed the resulting turmoil and "reported" it as news. In both cases, lot's of red "Make America Great" caps abound, not something you'd usually see a lot of up here in Canada. Check it out @ Here and @ Here

Can Trumpism take root in Canada? Yes, if we don't fight back! @ Coast


Undaunted by the Quebec mosque shootings, Federal Canadian Conservative Party Leader Candidate Kellie Leitch insists that her proposed Canadian Values Test isn't "racist", and wouldn't spur more hatred towards minority groups. Fellow leadership contenders Michael Chong and Lisa Raitt disagree. Also unconvinced, protesters hang a banner with the names of the 6 Quebec victims over Leitch's office door @ CBC

What would happen if Canada shut it's borders to immigration? Can we really "preserve" the "great white north" as a lot of racists would like? Well, our labour force, economy, and world respect would all suffer. There'd be a serious spike in racism, isolation and violence. In short, we need more immigrants, not less @ Vice

US Immigration Ban: In the wake of the Quebec mosque shootings, Federal NDP Leader/ Not The Leader Thomas Mulcair finally steps up in the House of Commons to push our Liberal PM Justin Trudeau on taking a public stand by condemning Trump's "racism and hatred" .Trudeau insists that his quiet diplomacy involves performing a balancing act of sorts between the government's "double role" to protect jobs and grow our economy with our major trading partner, while also standing up for our quite contrary Canadian values and principles. So then, silence is golden? @ Huff

See and hear the NDP's Thomas Mulcair call out Trudeau on Trump, with commentary from Sam Seder @ Majority Report

Oh Canada: Ontario is opening its operating room doors to any foreign children denied life-saving surgeries under US President Trump's travel ban because ... because ... because we are Canadians, and one's gotta have heart, not to mention a little soul! What a horrific situation!!! @ Star


Canadian Guide: Here's how Trump's immigration ban will affect you, if your family is from the 7 countries targeted in Trump's immigration ban @ YLR and more @ Globe

The Canada-US Safe Third Party Agreement prevents Canada from accepting refugee cases that are rejected stateside. But how safe, so to speak, is the US immigration option under President Donald Trump? For worthy applicants now being turned away strictly because of their country of origin? Furthermore, should Canada rescind the agreement? Let the desperate refugees into Canada on humanitarian grounds? Read the agreement @ GC-CA See the petition @ YouLeadNow

Ontario Provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath calls upon Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne to condemn Trump's immigration ban, declare Ontario a "sanctuary province", and accept the impacted refugees here in our province. Great! Finally! An active, progressive NDP opposition party! One that's ready and willing to take the ruling Liberal elite to task in a progressive manner befitting the growing protests outside Canada's gilded palaces of power! Not that the mainstream media has taken much notice, once again. Sigh! Alas! Well, it's a re-start but how about an actual re-boot? Meantime, read Andrea's letter @ AC


Hundreds of Canadians continue to tirelessly join in this year's annual march for Missing Murdered Indigenous Women. However, we have to look to the South American news for much coverage, now that the federal election is over @ Telesur

BLM TO, Mayor John Tory, Toronto Police and the Language of Inclusion: Here's why the police aren't welcome to march in this year's Toronto Pride Parade @ Now


BLM TO Pride!

Bad Blood: Will the City of Toronto cut gay Pride funding now that the police have been disinvited from the annual march?!? More @ Now Also, Ward 27 Councillor Kristyn Wong Tam's statement @ Ward27

Great Shades of The USA: Like in the states, a new Canadian poll is showing that we increasingly do not trust our government. Here, 43% of us don't trust them. Furthermore, 80% feel our "government elites" are "out of touch". Yiiikes! To see where that leads, please keep reading below! Story @ CBC

IN THE NEWS


The Flynn Resignation: Trump's Russian woes are just beginning and his administration begins to unravel but 3 weeks into his presidential term. Truthiness and alt facts be damned. Blood has been drawn @ Guardian and @ WP

Read National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's resignation letter @ WP

WikiLeaks blames the Flynn resignation on a "destabilizing campaign" by "US spies, democrats and the press". Hmmmm. If so, it sure wasn't very hard to do eh? More, before we dig a little deeper @ Hill

"Puzzling Times" or "A Bluffer's Guide To Dictatorship" or "On the Road to Regime change": What's the Donald really up too? Is the immigration ban just a distraction? Are Trump's plethora of alt facts, truthiness and blatant lies but a shameless effort to exhaust us? While annihilating the truth? Have justice, democracy and rule of law reached a crossroads? There's a lot of good questions raised here about what's really going on. The pickpocket analogy and references to the Nazi Reichstag fire are quite thought provoking too @ Medium


Oligarchy Rigging 101: Beware The Authoritarian Right and Left: Some more food for thought! Take it as you will. This article is written from a Libertarian/ Anarchistic perspective. The analytical focus, in dissecting both the right and the left, is upon an ongoing struggle between "freedom and tyranny". Moreover, we are warned about the "false dichotomy" in choosing between pre-established "party options" according to "pre-approved guidelines": The GOP and Democrats in the US? The Liberals, NDP or Conservative in Canada? Are we being manipulated into choosing between Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum? Two puppets? But the same puppeteer? Their right and left hands? Worth a read @ ActivistPost

Reuters considers how to best provide news coverage of the media hostile Trump Presidency. Oppose? Appease? Boycott? Try to rally support for the mainstream media forces? Protect their "independence" and "Integrity", their "freedom from bias"? A list of do's y don't's @ Reuters

Trump's Rogue Gallery: Rather than "draining the swamp" in Washington, the Donald has been filling it up with a rogue's gallery of "Goldman banksters, Soro's stooges, neo con war hawks and police state zealots" to head his cabinet @ CorbetReport



The Great Vulgarian grabs the limelight!

Puzzle Pieces: 7 take-aways that we can learn from the federal Appeal court ruling on Trump's immigration ban @ WP

The Vatican expresses it's concern over Trump's immigration ban. Pope Francis claims, " ....we are messengers of another culture, that of openness." Hmmmm. Perhaps he's being inspirational? Or engaged in wishful thinking? Sex abuse? Truth and Reconciliation? @ Telesur


The Donald: Sad! Sad! Bigly Sad!

Trans Rights Reversal: Trump pulls an about face to please his hardcore social conservative base! Sigh! Alas! There's even a picture of him here waving a LGBTQ flag to show his support during the election! Not funny -just plain sad! For shame, Donald -how low can you go?!? Wait! Don't answer that ... @ Vox

Pride? Women? Science? Immigration? Trump's tax returns? Here's a list of upcoming marches, protests and rallies scheduled stateside through June @ MerryJane


Trump has reversed Obama's decision to back off Standing Rock. The protest camp has been crushed. The DAPL pipeline will go through. Big Oil, not water will flow. But the story is far from over @ Yes

Standing Rock Tribe file a legal action against DAPL [the Dakota Access Pipe Line]. Since Trump has taken office, the US army is now poised to the finish construction on treaty land by circumventing a previous study ordered on the grant easement environment. Did the Donald even do his legal homework?!? @ R

Read Black Lives Matter's statement on Trump's Muslim ban! "We cannot allow this injustice to continue ..." @ Telesur

You're Fired: Trump's dismissal of US Attorney General Sally Yates because of her refusal to defend his executive order for an immigration ban, which she basically considers illegal and indefensible in law, has resulted in a judicial "crisis of conscience" @ CBC


Trump authorizes a risky raid in Yemen without adequate intelligence and ground support, resulting in civilian casualties and a military death @ Reuters

War With Mexico? Trump allegedly threatens to send US troops to Mexico if President Nieto doesn't stop the "bad hombres" there @ Politico

War With Iran? Trump warns Iran that it has been "put on notice" after a missile test @ Guardian

5 Signs the US is Going to War in Iran: The Trump playbook? Real scary stuff! Worth a gander @ Youtube

Another Dead Give Away All Is Not As It Might Seem -Saudi Arabia, home of the 9/11 terrorists, is missing from Trump's so called "anti terror sweep" @ ActivistPost

Jaw Dropper: With one blithe sentence Trump destroys decades of both Democratic and Republican Middle East diplomatic policy by saying he's not committed to a two state Israel-Palestine solution. How can the GOP sleep at night? @ Guardian

War With Islam? Well, you can't get more open ended than that! Steve Bannon, Trumps closest advisor, outlines his views on a Christian Holy War. Don't forget -he's on Trump's National Security Council now too! @ Salon

War With China? As recently as last March, Steve Bannon said he thinks the US will be at war with China within 5 to 10 years over the South China Sea @ Independent

Trumpism and China: There's been a major paradigm shift within the capitalist world. In picking a fight, Trump might very well find that he doesn't really have that many global cards to play, as China steps up to assume the leading political and economic mantle @ Telesur


Inconvenient Facts: Trump's "vile aggression" against Venezuela, like a lot of the hysterical right wing news coverage of developments in that country, conveniently leaves out a lot of revealing, self-incriminating details @ Telesur and @ Telesur

US Radio Marti continues anti-Cuban propaganda tirades despite apparent normalization of US-Cuba relations @ Telesur

Ooops! The Donald Isn't Going To Like This! Rogue state Cuba slams the US for supporting global terrorism! Get this -those craaaaaaazy commies are now saying that the US finances, arms and trains extremist groups around the world to justify expanding it's global military reach. Huh?!? Well, go figure! The truth be damned @ Telesur

Trump's using his own security team now at the White House, creating confusion while revealing a lack of procedure in his security measures. Will they prove to be an extra layer of protection, or a chink in his armour in dealing with the inevitable assassination threats? More @ Politico

KULTURE KULT INK


Dead of Winter Fun: Here's a list of the 50 Best Political Films of All Time! Dr. Strangelove  [Or How I learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb] tops the list at #1 but all the usual list of suspects are here, Wag the Dog, Citizen Cane, Manchurian Candidate, plus lot's more @ Crave

Or howzabout The 44 Best Political TV Shows of All Time: West Wing tops the list, which also includes The WireVeep, House of Cards, and Madam Secretary. Plus there's some thoughtful surprises; Rome, MASH, and get this -The Good Wife and Game of Thrones @ Paste

Have we missed any clear winners or extra special goodies?!? Please feel free to use the Comments space below!


Is Ivana Trump hot to trot with our GQ surfer dude PM Justin Trudeau?!? And where would that leave our poor Sophie and the kidz??? Enquiring minds needs to know @ Huff

Spot The Drinkers: Fox News drools over Joy Villa's cheesy "Make America Great" Grammy gown, labelling it a "statement of love" @ Insider

Celebrity With A Difference: Indigenous education advocate Shannen Koostachin is named one of the 150 greatest Canadians @ CBC

Back 2 School Daze: "The Political History of Fashion" for youth and ummm .... elders who want to see what lies beyond the more obvious, glamorous and mundane @ Yale

Here's some universal truths you can only learn by travelling the world! Travel? I swear by it! It's my Zen. Ommmmmmm @ SS


"On The Island": Beach Man Brian Wilson produced this wonderful She and Him sunshine and beaches track. It comes with a kool video too! Enjoy @ Youtube

"Surfs Up!" Here's my favourite, retro, Brian Wilson tune for my visits to the beach down in Cuba this winter! Yup. Capture's it perfectly! The hot sun. Thundering surf. The salty air @ Youtube

So. How old are your ears?!? Like me, did you listen to too much loud music during the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, and the 90's? And whoa! -let's not even mention all those years since that millennium thing! Here's an audio test you can try, to assess the damage, using your computer, or cellphone and a headphone set! Eh? Que?!? Turn it up puleeeeze! @ WSIB

COMMENTS


 

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any detail about the contract extension?

Anonymous said...

These tentative agreements need to have repayment of sick day banks stolen by the OECTA MOU. If not, members wake up and vote NO! Do we really want 4 more years of WYNNE?

Anonymous said...

It appears that our federation leaders love of Kathleen Wynne and the need to support the Liberals is greater than their love of their own members interests.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Halton Catholic board custodians for voting NO to their CUPE tentative two year contract extension. No payment for stolen sick day banks means vote NO.

Anonymous said...

The OECTA tentative deal is horrible.

ETFO deal horrible.

No effort whatsoever to reclaim or repay sick days banked that were stolen by the OECTA MOU.

Why are provincial teachers union leaders willing to settle so soon for so little????

Anonymous said...

ETFO leadership completely failed their members. They have squandered any leverage they had around a remedy, have given the Liberals what the Liberals wanted. Could it be because what the Liberals are offering in way of a remedy is so laughable and insulting Hammond and his crew dared not bring it back to the membership...after all he is up for re-election in August?

Anonymous said...

These teachers union leaders shoot their mouths off about social justice...where is the social justice in members sick day banks being stolen by the WYNNE government????

Anonymous said...

David... you should write about the whole OECTA MOU and who's really in charge of OECTA now.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe that the Bill 115 issue was not settled before a contract was signed. Where are the stolen sick days, gratuities etc. Sammy may be up for reelection in August but I truly believe he is up for something bigger down the line with the Liberals.(See Ken Coran) Just once I'd love to see the membership vote no but the sheep will follow- baaaaaaa. I am happy I retired last June. My only disappointment is that my stolen gratuity will not be given back to me. I thought we might hold out for that and other stolen items. Quite obviously politics trumps negotiating a good deal for the membership. Wynne the Poo may have just won over the teachers vote.

Anonymous said...

Vote for Wynne and pay more for hydro!

Anonymous said...

Called and emailed ETFO seeking an understanding why the Bill 115 issue was not resolved before settling the contract. No response was given. That's not supporting the membership, especially the teachers who went before the present group. Bill 115 will float around forever. Hopefully the Fiberals will float away both at the provincial level and Federal level. Surfer dude and the leader of the Wynne farms need to go.

David Chiarelli said...

Hello Dear Readers!

It is incomprehensible to me how your teacher union "leadership" could recommend collaborating with the government after all we went through with the MOU's. After Bill 115? After all the OLP teacher bashing and betrayal? It is simply unbelievable!

My June 2015 Teacher Free Speech News Y Views Archive blog will lead you to all the first hand links in the struggle we have been through. If you are fuzzy about any of this, please go back and do your homework before you vote!

Collective bargaining? Local bargaining? Teacher member based unions? All of these have been surrendered, and now it would seem -buried!

As a teacher retiree I have been very involved in many other much more vibrant and activist protests and acts of civil disobedience. It has been very refreshing. The energy, and commitment are outstanding. However, I see no such thrust in the Ontario teachers movement anymore.

I will continue to write, to post, and to maintain my archive. Still, the fight now is squarely in the court of the current generation of teachers still on the front lines. I hope some real leadership rises to the challenge, but good luck, you are going to need LOTS of it!

OECTA seems to have no more real internal opposition. You will now pay a very dire price, and the whole union movement will suffer.

CUPE? Alas!

ETFO has totally surprised me. I thought there was hope yet but ????????????????

Will OSSTF stand alone, or will they fold too?

Remember -guest blogs are always welcome! Many of you will be much more in the loop on these teacher union issues than me anymore. Go for it if so inclined.

Otherwise, thanks for your valuable insights. I hope this forum can continue to facilitate the good fight in some small part, where otherwise it now seems so very sadly lacking!

In solidarity!

David C

PS: Please note: Teacher union news and our many various social justice issues will continue to figure prominently in my monthly Teacher Free Speech News y Views blog. A special thanks to all of you who have been forwarding me links!

Anonymous said...

For what is worth I went to my local ETFO meeting to hear about this tentative extension deal. While the turn out was sparse there was not one positive comment in support of deal from the members present. Many questions were intentionally unanswered and the whole question of why remedy talks were not the priority before any extension discussions occurred left the ETFO provincial presenters floundering for a comprehensible answer. One can only conclude that either the government offer on the remedy was so pitiful that it could not be brought back and would lead to defeat for those who promoted it at this summer's ETFO provincial elections or the leadership was too stupid or too weak to insist on remedy first and extension later. There is still hope but it flickering and Hammond and his crew have to go....

Anonymous said...

Food for thought. When the last ETFO president before Sam Hammond failed to get an equal deal to OECTA and OSSTF he was ousted. Think about what has been given up since then. Have a close look at the new benefits and see how they are being eroded. Sick day banks gone. Wage freezes and paltry salary increases. What union does this too its members. Maybe a breakaway faction is needed to fight for the members.

Anonymous said...

I see that the beat goes on for the Ontario sheep, I mean teachers. I retired this past June and I have to say that I feel that I left the profession in the hands of young teachers who have no idea what we lost, had stolen from us under Bill 115 and subsequent contracts. I am disappointed to see the profession just accept whatever bone is thrown its way. I am ever so grateful for the senior teachers who guided me in my early years. We stood together to fight for a lot of improvements. Many of these improvements were stripped away, and the thought that the wrong doings might be corrected with a court decision about Bill 115 was completely blown out of the water when it was announced that a new contract had been signed before any resolution to the Bill 115 fiasco. Why Sammy why? While young teachers were guided by senior teachers in the 70's, 80's and 90's and took an interest in improving their lot, it no longer is the case. Our unions work in secret and work with the government to undermine what took 30 or 40 years to accomplish. The decision on Bill 115 was made in the courts. Teachers have not received any compensation for that illegal/ criminal act. We let the government off again. On my last staff not one other teacher cared about what was lost. I get it. Most of the new teachers were just happy to have a job after 5 or 6 years supply teaching. That's the system created by the liberal government and accepted by the unions. Surely a reduction in government contributions to pensions is next. Word of advice to young teachers- your career will go fast, you will need that pension at the end of it. If the government gets out of contibuting to your pension I can see a 50% reduction in pension benefits when you retire. It's time to take off the sheep costume, stand up for something and stop blindly following your union leaders. A vote of no could put an end to the garbage teachers have put up with under this government and the weak unions. A vote for someone other than Sammy in August might open a door to a brighter future. I look at Nova Scotia teachers with a lot of pride. I would love to work with them.

Anonymous said...

A quote from Sam hammond on the passing of Bob White. From Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), “My heart is deeply saddened by the passing of a great union leader, an amazing man, and one of my heros, Bob White.”
Sam, you have done so much to undermine the efforts of people like Bob White. Do not call him your hero. You have done little to stop the Liberal government from stripping away many of the gains people like Bob White helped to achieve. Please look in the mirror before thinking you are anywhere close to a union giant like Bob White.

Anonymous said...

While I voted NO today to the OECTA contract extension.

What kind of union leadership actively allows the MOU contract to unilaterally steal the sick day banks of its members and then doesn't allow oecta members to vote on having their contracts stripped?

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that OSSTF got 25 million and a paid day off as the remedy for Bill 115. Anyone got the memo on that. Do the math for that payout and see that it amounts to very little for each teacher. What a joke all of the unions have now become!!!

Anonymous said...

ETFO teachers ratified the contract. That was expected as most teachers blindly follow the union directive. That would never have happened 20 years ago. Times are different I guess. Still no word on everything that was stripped under Bill 115. I guess the union leaders have let bygones be bygones. Here's hoping Wynne and her band of crooks get the boot in 2018. Hopefully Trudeau will also be shown the door as well.

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