I don’t typically talk about it on IG, but it needs to be said... My colleagues down in Toronto @ #ETFO provincial have been attempting to bargain in good faith with our government for the past 5 months and have most recently been told by government officials that they don’t have the authority to negotiate....say WHAT?! We have been on administrative work-to-rule to avoid chaos for families and students. It has been a couple of months. Of course, the government doesn’t care unless people are outraged... Now, because the government simply will not even discuss the key issues: class sizes, violence, kindergarten, or anything we put forward, things have escalated. Who’s fault is that? When someone refuses to talk about it, they are NOT even close to negotiating... COLLECTIVE bargaining takes both sides NEGOTIATING.
Our team has made the tough decision to ramp up strike action because it seems this government won’t listen if only the Ministry is impacted. Unfortunately, there is no other option but to walk the line. Like it or not, it’s what brings attention to the issues.
So that you know, we have been waiting for Lecce to return to the table. So far, he is MIA. How can we reach a deal if we are the only ones willing to sit at the table?! How can respectful negotiations occur when our government spreads lies and misinformation in the media to insult an entire work force that is trying so desperately to stand up for student learning conditions?
Our future Public Education is at stake and the one in charge...Our Minister of Ed...doesn’t even know the difference between an EA and an ECE 🤨 Trust me, he doesn’t know what’s best for your kids. Your educators, the front line workers do. Kids deserve safe learning conditions. Removing class size caps, job losses, cutting a further 15 million dollars, and removing supports for Spec Ed kids is a recipe for disaster!
#ItTakesTwo #WheresLyingLecce #ONpoli #ETFOstrong #FDK #letstalk