Early this morning, July 1st, I sent this e-mail to Paul Elliot, new OSSTF President, and the other members of the Provincial Executive. Paul’s reply was prompt as was mine to him.
Dear PE members
The news of Ken Coran’s potential career move to become a Liberal MPP has either shocked many ordinary OSSTF members or has confirmed them in their already growing cynicism. Maybe a bit of both.
A group of OSSTF activists in the GTA would like to meet with you to discuss the impact of this decision. Among the things we’d like to talk about are:
- the possibility of the PE issuing a statement disassociating themselves from Ken’s move; the purpose of such a statement would not be to make a personal condemnation of a former leader but to counter the cynicism and disaffection that is growing in the ranks;
- Making a clear statement for the upcoming by-elections that any political intervention from OSSTF, whether through offering financial or human resources, shall not be directed to Liberal candidates.
60 Mobile Drive would be a convenient place to meet. Please suggest a time, preferably in the morning. Thanks for your time.
Good morning Tim,
I’m sure this won’t come as a surprise to you, but the PE does not have a protocol established to meet delegations from districts or bargaining units. I’m sure that you would understand that with over 60,000 members the bylaws of OSSTF have well established protocols for the calling of Provincial Council meetings where the concerns of locals may be addressed. I suggest that your issues are raised through the regular channels of working with your local bargaining unit.
With all due respect, this is a bullshit response. If you don’t want to meet with a group of disaffected members, fine. But don’t tell me to go through the “regular channels”. We are in summer mode. We are talking D 12. There are no regular channels!
At least give me the courtesy of taking up the political points in my e-mail, particularly the issue of how OSSTF is going to intervene (or not) in the forthcoming by-elections.
The voting has started. The ‘yes’ side has the full machinery of the union working in its favour (e.g. the STBU Executive in D12, Toronto, flooded the schools with a 4 page “vote yes” broadsheet on Friday). REWT and like-minded “no” campaigners start at a disadvantage, having to catch up via face to face discussions, word of mouth, Facebook, Twitter and blogs like these. And, of course, we have good arguments and good materials. Here are some of them
And here’s a point of view many of us in REWT would share. It’s from an Ottawa teacher blogger: Writings from the chalkboard
Great News today (Friday Feb28) – the ETFO leadership, unlike that of OSSTF, announces that the Government is offering nothing new and that the “pause” on extracurriculars continues
The impetus for the newsletter came from “donationgate” and the need to inform members of OSSTF District 12 about what this is all about. Despite the fall out from the Toronto Star editorial (February 11th) on the subject, many members are completely unaware of what has happened. The D 12 leadership is being unusually tight lipped about it – at the time of writing, they still have issued no formal communication (no mass e-mail, no Executive Action) to the members, giving their side of the story. Maybe, they are thinking they can ride out the storm and live to fight another day. Maybe they can but it’s going to be a very bumpy ride. The first test will come this Thursday (Feb. 21st), at the regular monthly Council meeting of the Secondary Teachers’ Bargaining Unit of D12. For this meeting, an unprecedented number of branch motions from schools have been submitted. (The agenda for the meeting including motions can be found here.) All of them are either critical of the decision to donate money to the Liberals or of the secretive manner in which the business has been conducted.
On Friday March 1st, RET will be hosting its first fundraiser featuring:
Mike Ford and Faith Nolan