D17 JOINS PROVINCE-WIDE PROTESTS
On Friday, May 8 OSSTF staged province-wide Liberal constituency-office protests to voice their concerns about the failure of the Provincial Liberal Government to negotiate fairly with teachers and other unions. In District 17, a decent crowd turned out on short notice to make considerable noise outside the office of MPP Ann Hoggarth. Local news media, including CTV, were present for interviews and Ann Hoggarth, a teacher herself, addressed the crowd, stating that she still believed strongly that the solutions should be negotiated, not legislated. Rousing speeches were delivered by OSSTF D17 president Karen Littlewood, Patty Coates, President of D17 EA’s and DECE’s, and Janet Bigham, President of the Simcoe County Elementary Teachers’ Federation. Further support was offered by members from the local International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers, CUPE and OECTA.
Guest Blogger and D17 TBU Communications Officer Gord Bambrick
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The view from my desk, as Teacher Bargaining Unit President for D17 Simcoe