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Teachers cozy up to Celia

Wednesday, June 04, 2014   by: Staff



NDP Candidate in Sault Ste. Marie, Celia Ross, celebrated the support from public elementary and secondary educators and support staff represented by OSSTF/FEESO District 2 and the Algoma District ETFO.

“We will ensure that the province’s schools are adequately funded to provide students with the programs and services they need. Parents need to be able to have faith in our schools, and educators need to receive the respect they deserve,” said Ross. “It’s time to restore trust.”

“With Bill 115, the Liberals sold out educators and our children by imposing contracts that did nothing to address chronic issues that affect both students and educators, like class sizes and supports for students with special needs.”

New Democrats will hire an additional 1,000 Educational Assistants to ensure that all kids can get the help they need to succeed in the classroom.

The NDP plan places a strong emphasis on student health, while investing in nutrition programs so that children begin their days and their lives with a healthy start.

In addition to attacking educators’ democratic right to free collective bargaining, Ross noted that local Liberals vilified and misrepresented the concerns of educators to local media during the dispute, portraying them as greedy and fixated on wages, while better conditions for both students and educators were the true principal focus of negotiators.


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mcgregor 6/4/2014 10:03:39 AM Report

WOW they should know better
justsomeguy 6/4/2014 10:21:44 AM Report

Wait a few minutes and the teachers will change their minds yet again.
Back2the90s 6/4/2014 10:48:01 AM Report

Isn't the guy in that picture the same guy who moderated the local education debate the other day? I'm not sure that is appropriate.
KiwiOnASticK 6/4/2014 10:48:23 AM Report

A union backs an NDP candidate? What's next water is wet?
IgnorantNortherner 6/4/2014 11:18:29 AM Report

@back2the90s, are you suggesting a conflict of interest? Hmmmm like collective bargaining right for public employees? Nah, that would never happen. /sarc

IgnorantNortherner 6/4/2014 11:24:11 AM Report

link was too long, I guess...
MarcHandthefunkybunch 6/4/2014 11:25:39 AM Report

Go ahead Teachers. A vote for the NDP is a vote for the PC's. The NDP is sitting at 22%. In other words, they have no chance. For all teachers who vote NDP, I don't want to hear any complaining when Hudak is the premier.
Number One Son 6/4/2014 11:26:02 AM Report

The Teachers are idiots to be backing the NDP. Do they not remember what the NDP did to them under Bob Rae? Short memory indeed. Why don't they just remain neutral, and let there members think for themselves.
RonBes 6/4/2014 11:58:37 AM Report

Selective memory in here it seems.

What public employees got under Bob Rae was nothing compared to the damage that was done by Mike Harris and Ernie Eves. Tim Hudak will be no better. Maybe even worse. If it were me, I'd take Rae Days over layoffs any time.

Austerity doesn't work, except for the 1% - we'd all do well to remember that, because there probably aren't too many one-percenters in here.
soowat 6/4/2014 12:24:33 PM Report

I was a union member most of my working life, but I always made my own decision when it came to voting as did most of my colleagues. I suggest things are no different today.
Cornelius Suttree 6/4/2014 12:54:35 PM Report

Because of bill 115 - the bill that took away teachers ability to collectively bargain - teachers were treated like second class citizens. The matter is presently before the courts, but the bill set a dangerous precedent that has terrible consequences for all Canadians. Regardless of whether people appreciate unions or not, workers rights and working conditions have improved dramatically since the formation of unions. Unions are the only organization capable of standing up to big business and corrupt government.
ThinkAgain 6/4/2014 1:30:19 PM Report

They will all tell you the same thing, they are only interested getting there own job for there own financial gain, so the narrow minded comment bashing should stop.
Its a 3 ring circus regardless, nothing will change.
johnnyc 6/4/2014 1:44:21 PM Report

Rae Days would be better than no pay days when Hudak fires me and I have to go on EI to try and feed my family
Battler213 6/4/2014 1:52:35 PM Report

I still would like to see Celia and Wynne defend the fact they approved the budget to eliminate 100,000 jobs that people are solely blaming on the PC's. I would like them to say that those 100,000 jobs are safe instead of deflecting the question with their "I don't have a crystal ball" answer.
IgnorantNortherner 6/4/2014 1:53:02 PM Report

@Cornelius, from my link above

"Public-sector unions are a clear-cut and blindingly obvious case of conflict of interest. The government is supposed to provide services to the people in a cost-effective way, providing what’s necessary while extracting the least possible amount of money out of taxpayers. The goal of a union is precisely the opposite: to extract as much money as possible out of the organization that it feeds on.

In the private sector, unions actually do work to some extent, because there is a built-in check on the union’s power: namely that the business or industry in question will go bankrupt when the union gets too greedy. But in the public sector, the organization that the union is feeding on is the government itself -- funded by the taxpayers, the very people whose money they’re supposed to be spending frugally. The union goal of enriching its members is in direct opposition to the government’s goal of not bankrupting the taxpayers and the nation.

Of course, bankrupting the nation is precisely what these public-sector unions are currently doing. Cities and states nationwide are drowning in hundreds of billions of dollars of debt and unfunded liabilities, consisting largely of absurdly generous and entirely unrealistic public pensions."
derek 6/4/2014 3:53:55 PM Report

Nurses and teachers should remember NDP Bob Rae's days...Every one enjoys their Ray Day's..

irishfey 6/4/2014 4:24:25 PM Report

Find work for the people and pay a decent wage then they can feed their own kids!!
Cornelius Suttree 6/4/2014 4:27:35 PM Report

IgnorantNortherner: What is a gold-plated pension?
IgnorantNortherner 6/4/2014 7:24:43 PM Report

imo it is a pension that just about anybody would be happy to have; aka a cadillac pension

Perhaps you can imagine how pensions that are taxpayer funded but cannot consider the future economic climate or tax base could be really detrimental to a community or province as conditions cyclically slide south or you have a strong demographics shift 'the wrong way'.

I'm In 6/4/2014 10:41:23 PM Report

Don't worry Wynne and David O have a hidden agenda on public servant jobs, they are going to cut or freeze their wages forever while the cost of living skyrockets. I'll take a wage freeze providing prices are frozen but that won't happen no wonder why the minimum wage has to go up, people can't work for free.
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