Wednesday, December 23, 2015

OECTA shows once more why it's not a Catholic union

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) this month sent out a letter to teachers with their union membership cards. The Association tells teachers about how they can enrol in professional development courses for Additional Qualifications. Teachers are reminded of the latest edition of the booklet titled, "When You Speak to Children." The union also informs teachers that they will donate $30,000 to the Archdiocese of Toronto's Project Hope "to help a Syrian family find a new life in Canada." Teachers on an individual basis are encouraged to help this worthy cause. So far so good.

Next the letter informs teachers that collective bargaining has been a top priority. The #TeachersMatter campaign and the hard work of the bargaining teams has made sure that teachers will get pay increases. This is just more good news.

However, the last part of the letter refers to a survey from OECTA's LGBTQ Workgroup. The group was formed at the Association's Annual General Meeting in 2015. The survey will given only to selected members in early 2016. Teachers chosen for the survey are told by their President Ann Hawkins this: "I encourage all those who receive the survey to participate, so the Association has the information it needs to move forward on this important issue."  (more...)

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