2 down, 192 to go.
Hoping the first two days went well for all of you. For some of our members, yesterday wasn't actually the first day. We have ConEd members who continue on with their programming throughout the summer. Last year was difficult for many with the uncertainty of bargaining and the numerous redundancies. Maybe this year will be a little more settled. For some, there are retirement plans on the horizons. I read several Facebook posts yesterday proclaiming this to be someone's 'last first day'. For others, it may have been your actual first day. Both of those groups may wonder what lies ahead. There are a number of us in the middle. We are midway through our careers and trying to keep momentum going. No matter where you find yourself on that continuum, please remember that there are released officers here at 51 King St in Barrie who are working for you. There is a Branch President who represents you and your interests. There are Collective Bargaining representatives who will be asking you this year about your ideas for bargaining priorities. There are Ed Services reps who will help to get financial assistance to further your Professional Development goals. Together we are stronger. Together we make public education work. Together we head into another year. Let's see where the road takes us.
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The view from my desk, as Teacher Bargaining Unit President for D17 Simcoe