December 6, 2012 Coalition

The Status of Women Committee wishes to advise members of the upcoming Dec. 6 recognition of the 14 women murdered in Montreal in 1989. The recognition ceremony is a moving remembrance with a guest speaker and musical presentations by Da Capo and the Bluevale Chamber Choir.

This year’s memorial will be held in the auditorium of the Faculty of Social Work building at 120 Duke St. W. in downtown Kitchener. It begins at 5:30 and concludes at 6:30. Please consider attending. All are welcome.

Control Your Future – Nov 18, 2012

Our negotiation meeting was cancelled last week. A new date has been set for Dec. 5. The government has said that all regions must have Collective Agreements in place by De. 31. There has been no specific ‘or else’…identified at this point, but their power is enormous. Stay tuned!

As you know the Ontario Secondary School Teachers have been involved with meeting with the government. As of today, three OSS Locals have negotiated agreements with their Boards. These have yet to be approved by the Minister of Education. ETFO participated in a meeting with the Ministry last week. There will be a lot of publicity as these discussions continue, and possible job actions are pending. Should OSSTF continue with their current job actions, Occasional Teachers, in both daily and LTO positions, – as school secretaries and library clerks are among the members of OSSTF, – will be affected.

Always be respectful of their positions. A message form Sam Hammond, President of ETFO, outlines how members are to respond when requested to do work normally performed by members of another bargaining unit who are on strike. His advice is…

In the event that members of another union take legal strike action against the school board, the following apply:

ETFO Members are directed to refuse to do any work that would normally be done by members of the union taking legal strike action (i.e., “struck work”);
The school administrator is the individual responsible for struck work;
Any attempt to assign struck work to ETFO members should be reported to the local president immediately;
ETFO will support members who are disciplined for refusing to perform struck work;
Safety concerns should be reported to the school administrator immediately.

Thanks to those members who attended the ‘Perogies for proroguing!’ rally at John Milloy’s office on Friday, Nov. 9! Following a reasonably brief rally we adjourned to the Schwaben Club for conversation and a beverage. These opportunities to get together and discuss ‘the situation’, or to not discuss the situation, are valuable for members!

There will be another opportunity as we gather with our colleagues at the Wall St. Café in Cambridge on Friday Oct. 23 between 7 and 9 p.m. to ‘bring greetings’ to a Liberal fundraising gathering. These protests are just that – protests. We are teachers exercising our right to dissent. We are always polite – we wait for green lights to cross streets – we are very respectful of property, and we do not use inappropriate language, etc. I understand that some members are uncomfortable with the idea of these visible demonstrations. You can also register your feelings by writing letters, calling your MPPs, or supporting those members who do attend these events.

Another major labour rally is being planned for Saturday, January 26th in Toronto! Mark your calendars! This rally is being organized by the Ontario Federation of Labour as part of their Economic and Democratic Rights Campaign. It is to coincide with the Liberal Leadership Convention. Buses will be provided by ETFO to take us to the rally. We will gather at Allan Gardens at 1:00 p.m. and walk to Maple Leaf Gardens for the rally. More information to come!