|AMPA: redemocratizing OSSTF|
I shouldn’t write about politics. As a field of human endeavor it demonstrates some of our most unflattering qualities, but AMPA approaches and I can’t pass up another opportunity to seek a higher standard of conduct from my union.
We were fooled once in District 18 by what might be described kindly as a disorganized vote, but what I fear was a Machiavellian attempt to withhold information in order to secure the desired ‘yes’ outcome. In seeking to redress this wrong we tried contacting Provincial Executive only to have our concerns fall on deaf ears. We attempted to make an AMPA resolution only to have it gutted.
Since then we’ve begun an OLRB complaint that is now moving into a review phase. Throughout this process OSSTF has lawyered up (a profoundly satisfying use of our dues), and has been completely unwilling to even talk about the obvious problems around the ratification of our contract. The fact that we had to go to the OLRB, and the fact that it’s gone this far is both sad and distressing. Wouldn’t it be nice if our union had internal oversight? Wouldn’t it be nice if our union actually addressed member’s concerns (and not by the people who caused the concerns in the first place).
|It’s cold outside, but it’s warm in bed with the OLP|
Many of the Provincial Executive who were the architects of our vote, people who tossed out our own constitutional codes of conduct either through sheer incompetence or malicious intent, are now running for positions at AMPA. When I read their advertising, how they claim to support the grass roots membership, how they stand for the highest ideals of OSSTF, I wonder when they had the change of heart. Was it after misleading and withholding information from D18 members prior to our constitutionally invalid vote? Was it after deciding to donate money to the Ontario Liberal Party even while encouraging members to demonstrate out front of the leadership convention? Was it after deciding to throw out what little political action we’d been able to muster around extracurriculars based on nothing whatsoever from the new Premier?
I desperately hope AMPA delegates remember these things when considering what direction our union should go from here. OSSTF is the membership. Apathy and an overly friendly relationship with this government have resulted in some embarrassing, un-OSSTF like behavior from the very people who are supposed to be the face of our organization. Here is hoping that AMPA restores some much needed credibility, transparency and humility to our union.