Union drops com­plaints against trip or­ga­niz­ers

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE -

Nova Sco­tia’s teach­ers union has backed away from threats to dis­ci­pline two school ad­min­is­tra­tors and a teacher who or­ga­nized a stu­dent trip to Vimy Ridge last year de­spite a work-to-rule cam­paign.

Eartha Monard, prin­ci­pal of Dart­mouth High School since 2008, said she re­ceived a let­ter last month in­di­cat­ing her union lo­cal was seek­ing sanc­tions based on her ef­forts to keep the trip go­ing de­spite labour un­rest last year.

More than 80 stu­dents took part in the trip for the 100th an­niver­sary of the First World War bat­tle, which re­quired ex­ten­sive plan­ning and fundrais­ing, with stu­dents and par­ents mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial com­mit­ments.

Monard said in an in­ter­view she un­der­stood she faced pos­si­ble sanc­tions rang­ing from a rep­ri­mand to be­ing tem­po­rar­ily dropped from the union.

How­ever, the union said Mon­day the lo­cal has dropped its com­plaint against Monard, along with the for­mer vice prin­ci­pal, Ran­dolph Sul­li­van, and a teacher.

And in a followup email, Li­ette Doucet, the pres­i­dent of the union rep­re­sent­ing Nova Sco­tia’s 9,600 pub­lic school teach­ers, said the union apol­o­gized.

“In the end I think the lo­cal made the ap­pro­pri­ate de­ci­sion. We are pleased this has been re­solved and ap­pre­ci­ate that it has been dif­fi­cult for all in­volved. While I can­not speak about the de­tails of the com­plaint or why it was dropped, we apol­o­gize for any ten­sion this process has caused,’’ the union leader wrote.

Monard said she’s pleased by the union’s de­ci­sion to end the com­plaint, which never went to a dis­ci­pline com­mit­tee.

“The main thing is they’ve dropped it and we’re all mov­ing for­ward,’’ she said.

Plan­ning for the Vimy trip started be­fore the Dec. 5, 2016, work-to-rule cam­paign, when the union called on teach­ers to drop ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties to protest the provin­cial gov­ern­ment’s con­tract bar­gain­ing tac­tics.

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