News release: The NSTU is calling on the government to release a full list of schools across the province where Early Literacy Support teaching positions have been cut.
The provincial government is engaged in an orchestrated effort to move education jobs out of the union sphere. 1000 school principals, 200 or more school psychologists and speech and language pathologists, social workers and new positions in the expanding Schools Plus program will no longer be unionized. “While this may be a less sensational way of weakening the unions than, say, imposing wage freezes and concessions that force teachers and other education workers out onto the picket line, it poses no less a threat to their very existence,” writes John McCracken.
A news release by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union on the occasion of Bill 72 becoming law.
Abolishing locally elected school board trustees in favour of government appointees is a threat to democracy and to the right of representation. It completely removes the local voice in education, states the Canadian School Boards Association in this news release.
“What our provincial education system needs is leadership that is willing to make the needs of students, teachers and principals a priority. By adopting the Glaze report, Education Minister Zach Churchill has demonstrated the exact opposite,” writes NSTU president Liette Doucet.
Liette Doucet, president of the NSTU, on the current pre-election spending spree by premier McNeil: “After years of watching our schools deteriorate in the name of fiscal restraint, this new found spending largesse is another betrayal of trust. To teachers it also appears as though the government is funding its pre-election campaign at their expense–and their students’ expense.”
From the very popular Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers Facebook page comes this FAQ about the what and why of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union work to rule action. From “Isn’t the government broke?” to “What about our Christmas Concert?”, it’s all here. We added a table of content for easy navigation.
An op-ed/open letter to Nova Scotians by Liette Doucet, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.
Not a good day for the government in its efforts to bully teachers into abandoning their fight for better working conditions and fair bargaining. Parents, teachers and students who rallied at Province House today are angrier than ever before, while the government beat a hasty retreat.
The liberal government here in Nova Scotia keeps removing workers’ rights. For how long can this continue?