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Here we go: on Friday, elementary teachers in Ontario are holding a day of political protest. To show the depth of their frustration with the imposed collective agreements for education workers across the province, teachers are standing up and saying No.

They are standing up for me.

Teachers are, and have been, taking flack for their stand, the withdrawal of their voluntary participation in extra curricular activities. They took flack for their one day legal strike in December. Teachers will continue to be the target of abusive comments due to their day of protest on Friday.

They are standing up for me.

Teachers are taking flack – verbal rants, long missives in comment sections of any online forum imaginable – because they do not want to see the hard work of thousands and millions of people before them be for nothing – people who fought for the rights of those taken advantage of, mistreated by employers. Teachers are taking a stand for people still in those battles.

They are standing up for me.

The fight against Bill 115 is not just about the fact we will lose our rights to negotiate with our employer. It is not just about the fact that the Bill puts the government above the arm of the law and the Human Rights Commission and the Labour Relations Act. It is fundamentally a fight against an abuse of power. And teachers are at the front of the line in this fight.

They are standing up for me.

And they are standing up for YOU.

I have listened to many people’s viewpoints. I have read many comments.

Now, I am asking you to listen. Listen to what it is that is at the core of this fight.

And remember, they are standing up for me. And for you.

Even if you can’t find a thank you, have the courtesy to listen. With an open mind.

And remember, they are standing up for me. And for you.

 

 

 

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