Teacher’s executive should all resign
Congratulations to Alexis Carr, the teacher who had the courage to step up at the rally and speak out against not only the teacher cuts, but also Gilles Arsenault for calling off the rally. Which begs the question, did the teachers' federation call off the rally or did Arsenault make that decision? Either way it was a very questionable decision.
Arsenault's rationale for telling teachers not to rally was, "A nonunited front will not have the same sort of impact we would have together." Well, here is a news flash for Mr. Arsenault: A united front doing nothing has no impact.
I spent 25 years of my teaching career in another province, being involved at the local level and provincial level of our union. In my experience, teacher leaders who make statements like, " . . . the teachers’ federation was happy government is now going to review those teaching cuts,” and with this "good faith gesture to schools," the union only felt it would be appropriate to return the gesture by calling off the rally, should expect to get what their effort reflects - not much.
Teachers should insist the entire executive of the federation step down or at the very least Mr. Arsenault not show his face again at the executive table. Any reasonable person would see his application and subsequent successful appointment to the Dept. of Education as a conflict of interest, particularly with negotiations going on. Teachers, if you really care about your students, take some real action, right to strike or not, if teaching positions are not restored, go back in the fall and teach the students and withdraw all other services, particularly administrative.
Teachers, teach the student, work with parents and do what you have to do. Sandra M. Sharpe, Bideford