OSSTF and the ETFO were joined by CUPE members in a solidarity rally.
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How very Lord Of The Flies that teacher unions have so quickly gone from the anti-bullies to the bullies.
Take this latest threat to shut down after-school activities, including clubs.
One presumes that includes those all-important Gay-Straight Alliances -- the very clubs teacher unions held so near and dear just last summer.
Now all that's out the door, in what PC leader Tim Hudak called "thug tactics."
Judging by the name-calling that's going on, teachers don't seem to be getting the anti-bullying message.
Or perhaps they think it doesn't apply to them.
PC education critic Lisa MacLeod is shocked by the tone some teachers have taken -- not just to her, but to Education Minister Laurel Broten -- and even journalists who've been critical of the teachers' intransigence.
"This disagreement has been blown out of proportion by some union leaders. And their tone isn't constructive," MacLeod said Tuesday.
MacLeod and Broten have been accused of acting like people in Germany in the 1930s.
"My grandfather fought against the Nazis in the war," she points out.
She has been called a "puppy killer," and "stupid" for her support for a pay freeze.
She points out that we have elections every four years -- or every two years, if there's a minority government.
That's the appropriate way to express your disapproval with a politician.
"The whole situation has become quite vitriolic, with many of the union activists very angry, taking a very divisive tone in the community," MacLeod said.
Now we hear the unions are threatening to fine teachers who don't go along with their antics $500.
And once again, the kids are collateral damage in this war.
It's so sad that teacher unions profess to have the best interests of the children at heart.
Then at the first sign of a slow-down in the massive pay hikes they've been routinely wringing out of the McGuinty government, they throw a hissy fit.
Is this any example for the children?
In the end, governments of every stripe come to the conclusion that they have to hold the line on teacher salaries. The NDP knew that when they were in government in the early '90s.
They tried to hold the line across the public sector with so-called "Rae Days."
Then the Mike Harris Tories tried to wrestle teacher salaries and perks to the ground -- and were vilified for it.
Now the Liberals -- formerly the best friends of the public sector unions -- are crying "Uncle."
Taxpayers can't afford it.
It makes you wonder just what kind of people are teaching our children. Are they really prepared to go along with these union strong-arm tactics? Or are they going to stand up to their leaders and tell them to back off?
The unions show no regard for quality education.
And people wonder why bullying is rampant in schools.
Once again, schools face chaos.
Kids are losing out on the best parts of the school year -- sports, concerts, school trips.
It especially hurts at-risk kids, many of whom only stay in school because they enjoy the sports or the extra-curricular music activities.
I lost all respect for teachers during the Harris years, when their unions behaved atrociously.
Once again, we're back in the bad old days when kids are held hostage.
It's shameful -- and it's intimidation at its worst.
And it makes you wonder who the adults are in the schools.
I sure as heck know who the bullies are.