Years of labour peace between the government of Ontario and teachers came to an end this year. Like their colleagues in British Columbia
, Ontario teachers and support staff are complaining of unfair, unnecessary, and unconstitutional legislation -- the Putting Students First Act, 2012
-- that gives the Education Minister, Laura Broten
, unchallenged power to ban strikes, job actions, set compensation and benefits, and to take over local school boards who are non-compliant
. Ontario school boards are unanimously opposed
to the Act, which reduces their power, and so are teachers and support staff, who feel the government is manufacturing a crisis
. Most see this as a cynical ploy to capture public support for two by-elections
this week that could nudge the Liberal government into majority status. ETFO and OSSTF, two of the teacher unions involved, have repeatedly pointed out that "the school year is not in jeopardy"
, that they had already accepted a wage freeze, and that local bargaining is proceeding well.
As legislation looms aheads, teachers, support staff, and labour activists are wondering: is this the end of collective bargaining for the public sector? [more inside]
posted by The Hyacinth Girl
on Aug 31, 2012 -
Boeing's new Dreamliner plant in South Carolina was found to be retaliation for union strikes by the National Labor Relations Board, an independent agency (On Point radio show
That's prompted Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) to launch an all-out war on the NRLB
according to Dahlia Lithwick.
posted by klangklangston
on Aug 19, 2011 -
Today is May 1st, also known as International Workers Day. International Workers Day began when 340,000 in Chicago, Milwaukee and other cities struck for the eight-hour day in 1886. Flash forward to today where for many workers in the I.T. industry, years of 60-hour weeks and taking classes on your own dime to keep up with technology leave you in the unemployment line, after being laid off with no notice. For years
, people have been calling
for the I.T. Workers of the world to unite and form a unified labor union. I.T. workers should form a union for the same reason that workers have always formed unions: together we have more power to improve the terms and conditions of our employment than we do as individuals. This is an announcement and a call to action to the world-wide IT worker community to become involved in the development of a new resource — The International I.T. Workers Union
that will represent the interests of I.T. Workers around the world.
posted by Babylonian
on May 1, 2007 -
NYU President John Sexton warns striking grad students that they must resume teaching or lose their benefits.
outside Bobst library and refusing to teach classes, NYU grad students have been sent a letter
from President John Sexton, warning them that any TA who does not return to work next week will lose their stipends and eligibility to teach next semester. Until recently
, NYU was the only private school that allowed graduate teaching assistants to unionize, following a 2000 NLRB decision
, which was subsequently reversed. NYU claims
that it has negotiated in good faith and that the union's demands would limit decision making that should remain in the hands of academics, while the grad students argue
that they cannot trust NYU's admistration to take care of them without unionization (and representation by the UAW
). Meanwhile, many undergrads paying tuition upwards of 50K/year will have to retake classes or opt for pass/fail
. Do you sympathize
with highly educated American grad students who receive free tuition, health insurance, and stipends
in exchange for modest teaching duties (when many other students depend on student loans), especially compared the with 19th century coal miners
, third-world factory workers
, and modern-day wage slaves
we normally associate with unions and strikes?
posted by banishedimmortal
on Nov 30, 2005 -
House likely to approve homeland security bill that erodes labor protections
"But the Senate, which likely takes up the matter next week, so far has pursued a much different course. On Thursday, the Democratic-led Senate Governmental Affairs Committee crafted legislation that would protect all current civil service protections and make it more difficult for the president to move workers out of unions. Bush and other Republicans said the measure would give the president less authority than he has now."
The House seems to be so much more conservative and extremist than the Senate. Heck they're still working on trying to ban selected types of abortion procedures
even when there's a strong chance it won't pass constitutional muster and the Senate isn't likely to support them.
Is it your perception that the House is more conservative? If so, why do you think that's true?
posted by Red58
on Jul 26, 2002 -
Teachers jailed for, well, NOT teaching...
I live in Middletown, but I think this is interesting for the general crowd. Aren't teachers allowed to strike? Should they be forced to return to work without a contract?
Should they be thrown in jail because the school board won't work with them on a contract?
posted by rich
on Dec 4, 2001 -