The ink is not yet dry on the many contracts that the Ontario government negotiated with education workers throughout the province. But the writing is on the wall.
The government has won. Education workers throughout Ontario have paid the price for the government’s overspending, mismanagement and lousy decisions. Education workers, like most Ontario residents, are paying more for their goods and services. Education workers, unlike the government, are paying those prices while bringing home effectively less money, working harder due to cut backs within schools and continuing to be maligned by the government.
I know it seems bleak. I know it feels hopeless and people feel helpless.
I encourage people to not give up. Do not say there is no hope. The government won, but only this round. Now is the time to start working towards dismantling the negotiating framework that the government put in place in 2012 that stacked the entire process in their favour. Now is the time to say to the government we know what you are up to and we are not going away.
Stand with your union – participate in your union – be your union. Become informed. Write letters. Go to rallies – not only those held by your union but any union in any sector that is fighting against the government’s quiet march toward pushing unions out.
Take a stand. Speak out to friends and neighbours and family members who say that unions are too strong, or that unions shelter bad workers. Tell those people YOU are the union. You are a good worker who needs a union because the government is too strong, the government is and has been abusing power and sheltering bad policies and decisions by making unions and union members the scapegoats.
don’t give up