Funeral for Collective Bargaining Rights


Dearly beloved, we rank and file members and
education workers have gathered here today indeed during a very solemn
dark day to commemorate another victim in the death of the march to austerity.
As the McGuinty Government continues his attack on the rights of working people, as he attempts
to pass such foul and distasteful legislation named the “Putting Students First Act.” A piece of legislation that shows
a murderous contempt for bargaining processes enshrined
in law and in democratic principles. Legislation that will in fact further erode
the quality of our public education, not improve it. Effectively jeopardizing
the rights of future workers. Our students whom they dare to use in the naming of this
loathsome legislation. Let us be reminded that despite
the Drummond Commission stating that spending in Ontario is not out of control or excessive, the McGuinty Government feels the need
to create a crisis where there was none. And in the death march to austerity
we must be also mindful that those hardest hit are the working poor, youth, part-time
and non-unionized workers, racialized and immigrant communities. Let us also be reminded of how broad the death march is by giving our solidarity and support to the Chicago Teachers Union
who began their strike action today. I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
Alive as you or me Says I, “But Joe, you’re ten years dead,”
“I never died,” says he.
“I never died,” says he. “In Salt Lake, Joe,” says I to him,
Him standing by my bed, “They framed you on a murder charge,”
Says Joe, “But I ain’t dead,”
Says Joe, “But I ain’t dead.” “The copper bosses killed you, Joe,
They shot you, Joe,” says I. “Takes more than guns to kill a man,”
Says Joe, “I didn’t die,”
Says Joe, “I didn’t die.” And standing there as big as life
And smiling with his eyes Says Joe, “What they forgot to kill
Went on to organize,
Went on to organize.” We all know McGuinty thinks
he’s cut us down to size but we all know just what Joe said “Don’t mourn, get organized.”
“Don’t mourn, get organized.” I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
Alive as you or me Says I, “But Joe, you’re ten years dead”,
“I never died,” says he. “I never died,” says he.

7 comments

I was one of the students at York U during my graduating year. It affected my marks drastically but first of all it was 3 months, not 6 and second of all. It has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with this video. Collective Bargaining Rights are guaranteed to teachers under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms (same as freedom of religion etc.)…what Mcguinty has done here is actually illegal. Fred Hahn has nothing to do with this.

don't make a claim that collective bargaining is in the same category as "freedom of religion" they are not, it is far below this. Fred Hahn has nothing to do with this? he is in the video talking, I can not trust anything fred Hahn says as truthful so I wont take these claims seriously.

I never made the claim that it is the same as the freedom of religion but it is in the same category if that category is the document called the "Charter of Rights and Freedoms". You're problem is that you focus all your attention to CUPE or in THIS case the Teacher's union, rather than York University or the Ontario Government. The establishments are the biggest assholes.

it is not in the same category as freedom of religion, it is in a lower amendment, and that amendment is not as important as the first amendment where freedom of religion is. Your right the government is a huge problem, they threw money at there problems in order to obtain votes, ie they just kept giving you guys raises so you would vote for them. But yur teacher unions are no better because there complaining over a wage freeze even though they had it so good for past 9 years.

*Sigh* …There is no "first amendment" in the Charter of Rights of Freedoms, you're mixing it up with the Constitution of the United States; this is the part where I stop responding.

fine "section 2", the fundamental rights of freedoms include freedom of relgion and freedom of speech, but not collective bargaining, so just cus I used wrong terminology does not mean that I was wrong that there not on on the same level

Christy Clark calls for an end to collective bargaining. 
 
Working Together with Students 
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/pubs/working_together_with_students.pdf  

published in by the BC Government in January 2013. 
it outlines a detailed plan to replace the collective bargaining process.   
that is why this document is not titled "Working Together with Teachers".

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