The union representing education workers in Ontario elementary schools said yesterday that despite "respectful and positive" talks with the government under newly-minted Premier Kathleen Wynne, it has no intention just yet of telling its members to end their boycott of extra-curricular activities.
Since September, elementary school teachers have been protesting the government's passage of Bill 115 by declining to lead student clubs, sports teams or other extra-curricular activities.
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The ongoing labour crisis in Ontario's public schools may just be a prelude to a much broader battle about to unfold between the government and all public sector workers in the province.
The Internet rescues political humour. I don't mean humour about politicians, which is doing fine. I mean the gormless putative humour voiced by politicians, that reporters often describe with one of journalism's most irritating words, quipped. ("They said they're furious? That's too bad," quips Mayor Ford.) Take Hillary Clinton, running four years ago for her party's presidential nomination. Her laugh itself -- a self-conscious attempt to prove she had a lighthearted side -- became a joke. But social media came to her aid through YouTube. Using the famous scene in the film Downfall, set in Hitler's bunker, with Hillary as Hitler, she lambasted her staff, via subtitles, for failing her against Obama: : ". . .
Devastated by a far-reaching anti-worker bill (Bill 115 passed a few days ago), rank-and-file education workers convened a funeral for collective bargaining rights on the lawn of Queen's Park, Monday September 10, 2012. Workers and friends joined to reflect on our loss and pledge ourselves for the future.
Dearly beloved, we rank-and-file members and education workers have gathered here today indeed during a very solemn dark day to commemorate another victim in the death of the march to austerity. As the McGuinty Government continues his attack on the rights of working people, as he attempts to pass such foul and distasteful legislation named the "Putting Students First Act."