Tag: Teachers

  • Teachers’ Unions and COVID-19: Time to Step Up

    It has been crystal clear from the beginning that the COVID-19 pandemic is far more than a medical crisis. The federal government alone is hurrying to send over $100-billion out its doors to prop up businesses, but also to support people who desperately need money to get through the economic crisis entangled with the pandemic. … Keep reading »

  • Class (Size) Struggle: The Ontario Government’s Latest Game

    Anything that Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce says should be taken with a bag of salt. His ability to dissemble is astonishing. So, when he said on Tuesday afternoon that high school class sizes would be 23 starting in the 2020-21 school year and that parents would be able to opt out of e-learning courses … Keep reading »

  • Ford’s Fight with Educators: A Student’s Perspective

    It’s hard to walk across the University of Toronto (U of T) campus without your eye catching the grand, pale-bricked building that sits parallel to the greenery of Queen’s Park. It is even harder to find a U of T student who has not witnessed or participated in a protest on the front lawn of … Keep reading »

  • Ontario Teachers Ramp Up the Pressure on the Tories

    Ontario teachers are ramping up their fight against the Tories’ 18-month attack on public education. On Tuesday, public elementary teachers stepped up their work-to-rule refusing, for example, to participate in performance evaluations, plan new field trips, buy school supplies on their own time and register for additional qualifications courses. Yesterday, many Ontario Secondary teachers staged … Keep reading »

  • One Million More Reasons to Mobilize Against Ford

    The public sector ‘salary restraint’ legislation was introduced on June 5th #QueensPark. The Bill is a shot across the bow of public sector unions, especially the teachers’ unions #OnPoli Keep reading »

  • From Liberal ‘Ideology’ to Massive Cuts: Ford’s Education Policy for Ontario

    Education Minister Lisa Thompson walked up to the podium at the Ontario Science Centre on Friday to tell Ontarians about her plan for education. But first, she took a shot at the Liberal Party. Liberal “ideology” she claimed, got it wrong on education from the “social experiment” of the 2015 sexual education curriculum to Discovery … Keep reading »

  • What a Teachers’ Movement Can Look Like

    By following the example of Los Angeles teachers in their recent victorious strike, teachers around the country can roll back free-market education reform. Keep reading »

  • The War on Public School Teachers

    New Unions, New Alliances, New Politics The U.S. working-class was slow to respond to the hard times it faced during and after the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Finally, however, in February, 2011, workers in Wisconsin began the famous uprising that electrified the country, revolting in large numbers against Governor Scott Walker’s efforts to destroy the state’s … Keep reading »

  • Why I’m Voting No: OSSTF and Ontario Teachers

    Teachers in Ontario may not know it, but their actions in this coming week will have huge ramifications for unionized workers across Ontario and across the country. We stand poised either to hold the line against the austerity agenda and mounting attacks on workers, or pave the way for escalating attacks on the labour movement. … Keep reading »

  • ‘Class’ Warfare: A Primer on the Chicago Teachers Strike

    An estimated 30,000 public school teachers in Chicago walked off the job on Monday for the first time since 1987, leaving 350,000 students in limbo. Chicago has the third-largest school district in the United States and it is the city where President Obama launched his presidential bid. There are national stakes involved, like the election … Keep reading »

  • Chicago Teachers Draw a Line

    Can the scrappy band of outsiders that now heads the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) lead the kind of high-stakes fight that most labour unions have ducked? That question looms large – not just for the city’s teachers, students and their parents, but for the entire labour movement. Because while both private- and public-sector unions are … Keep reading »

  • BC Teachers’ Federation – On Strike

    What should we make of the current teachers’ job action in British Columbia? The short answer: B.C. teachers are very courageous in taking a stand. A longer answer: Teachers’ actions have initiated an important public debate that is significantly raising consciousness, mostly about reduced standards in public education. There is a lot of support for … Keep reading »