December 6th- Acknowledge the Rose
It has been 25 years since a lone gunman forced the females in a second year engineering class at École Polytechnique to line up against a wall. Twenty-eight women were shot, 14 women were killed. The Montreal Massacre of December 6, 1989 is a black mark in Canadian history.
You will find the 2015 OSSTF/FEESO December 6 poster coming to your work locations in the next week or so.
Fourteen women were killed BECAUSE they were women. “It’s easier to think that violence is something that happens to someone else—in a different country, a different community, a different home. But the truth is that every day, everywhere, women are raped, beaten and killed just because they are women” 1. Canadians are reminded of this truth every December 6.
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and marks the beginning of the White Ribbon Campaign that ends on December 6, The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. The results of the groundbreaking Canadian Labour Congress survey—“The Impact of Domestic Violence in the Workplace” was published on December 6, 2014. Please look for, read and discuss this release.
OSSTF/FEESO is committed to ending Violence against Women. Every worksite will be provided with a White Ribbon Campaign signing poster and with OSSTF/FEESO December 6 buttons and pins. We ask that you commemorate December 6 with a worksite display the week of December 1–5.
Hang and sign the White Ribbon Campaign signing poster, hang the OSSTF/FEESO December 6 poster (which will be sent to work locations this week), display flowers, light candles, wear a button, a pin, a white ribbon, remember. Please take a picture of your display and share it with us so we can share with the world that OSSTF/FEESO speaks out on Violence against Women. Then, in the days and months to come, acknowledge in the truest sense of the word—Act Upon your Knowledge.
If you are a victim of Domestic Violence please know that OSSTF is only a phone call away and we provide the confidential support necessary to help.
1 “We need more than words to end violence against women” McInturff, Kate and Lauren Ravon — March 7, 2014 CPA- (information courtesy of OSSTF Website)
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The Winter Season is upon us and this year OSSTF will be collecting mittens, scarves and hats to the homeless in our community. If you can spare a few of those items we will gladly donate them to those in need.
I know that there have been questions from members about the status of negotiations. Due to the nature and sensitivity of the central table talks very little information is being shared as not to compromise OSSTF’s position at the bargaining table. I can assure you with 100% certainty that our interests are being represented by the very skilled negotiators from provincial office. We must remain committed to solidarity to get us to where we need to be. And, where we need to be is to achieve a fair collective agreement for Educational Support Staff. I understand and appreciate that members are frustrated with the process. Well I am too. I am frustrated that Kathleen Wynne, Education Minister Liz Sandals and the Ontario Public School Boards Association have made a mess of the bargaining system. I think most of us believed that with the passing of the School Board Collective Bargaining Act that bargaining would have been made easier and certainly not this difficult.
Watch President Paul Elliott’s press conference below. Click on the link.
I was very pleased with the engagement and participation from everyone on the past 2 Federation Fridays.
Friday November 5th was the Federation Friday Solidarity Rally! I want to personally thank Adelina Cecchin and Mario Spagnulo from ETFO, Patrick Hannon from CUPE, Erin Roy from OSSTF-TBU and Brian Hogan from OECTA for their words of encouragement and solidarity.
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