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Value your Voice

The greatest tool of our NSTU is not our leadership, our Provincial Executive, or our staff. All of the above are very important, but our organization is nothing without the collective of 9300+ behind them. To strengthen our Union, and strengthen our position with the provincial government, we must continue to increase the solidarity of our members.

Members who have a voice in our Union, will be engaged and committed. It is only through the deepening of solidarity that we can have an organization that is ready to fully advocate for responsible government actions. As NSTU President, I will commit to regular Zoom townhalls in order to consult with teachers so that all teachers, school counsellors and speacialistis have a voice in our NSTU.

Our Locals are the closest connection that we all have to the NSTU. Our Local Presidents hear from teachers on a daily basis, however, are not often consulted on NSTU decisions. As NSTU President, I will make it a priority to consult with, and support Locals when they need it.

Another aspect of Valuing your Voice is ensuring that our teachers reflect our diverse population. The Black Lives Matter movement and the atrocities committed at Residential schools has highlighted the systemic racism that is so prevalent in our society. To combat systemic racism and meet the unique and complex needs of members who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour the NSTU has hired a BIPOC Engagement and Advocacy staff. These efforts are important, but I believe the NSTU can be a leader in dismantling systemic racism in the broader education system. Our students are diverse, and they deserve to have teachers that represent that diversity. One of the biggest things our system can do to help dismantle the barriers of systemic racism is to recruit, hire and retain more teachers from under-served populations. This is a complex issue, but one that deserves our full attention. If elected President, I am committed to continuing and expanding the NSTUs efforts to make a more equitable education system.

Build our Solidarity

Over the last number of years, our NSTU has had excellent leadership, a united membership and Provincial Executive and a competent and dedicated NSTU staff. Yet, even with all of this, our NSTU has not been successful at making significant and meaningful changes to our working conditions. The COVID19 pandemic has put a spotlight on how strained our schools really are. In order for us to make real gains in bargaining, we must strive each and every day to deepen solidarity, and build the infrastructure to be able to leverage our power.

I believe the way forward to really make significant gains in bargaining is by building our solidarity. The NSTU needs to be consulting with other Union groups to see how we can strengthen the solidarity of our membership. We need to harness the power of the 9300 amazing, creative and professional voices that we have.

One of the opportunities I see in building our solidarity is to better equip our NSTU Schools Reps. Our NSTU School Reps are your colleagues, your classroom neighbour. They have a keen sense of your needs because they live and breath it. Our NSTU Reps are our Union leaders, and are paramount in our quest to strengthen solidarity. To strengthen our solidarity, the NSTU should better support Locals in training their NSTU Reps. NSTU Reps are key to the success of the NSTU, and they need to be trained and valued as such

Bargain from Strength

The NSTU is at a cross road. We are on the heels of an anti-Union, and anti-NSTU government. We currently have a government that is interested in collaborating with the NSTU on issues. As Local President, I've collaborated with RCE staff to advocate for members both individual and collectively. I've told your stories, and advocated for you to our regional Management Teacher Committee. I've collaborated with our Article 60 Committee to change our practices to become much more teacher friendly. I look forward to putting my track record of collaboration to good use with a government that truly wants to work as partners.

But, in order to secure meaningful gains for our members, we need to start looking forward to our next round of negotiations. While the NSTU may not start developing our asking package until next year, and we won't sit down to bargain until September 2023, we need to work each and every day to build solidarity and strength in our membership. Teachers are struggling right now. As your President, I would everyday to build our solidarity so that we are in the best position as possible when we reach the bargaining table. We need to be developing a plan to help engage our membership in ways that will help leave us in a position at the bargaining table.

I believe the way forward to really make significant gains in bargaining is by building our solidarity. The NSTU needs to be consulting with other Union groups to see how we can strengthen the solidarity of our membership. We need to harness the power of the 9300 amazing, creative and professional voices that we have.
Bargaining from Strength also means not accepting any deal, but waiting for a good deal for our members. Our teachers need the NSTU to have high expectations, and come through. Our profession cannot survive in the long term without some significant improvements.

LET’S GET TO WORK

If elected as your President, when I take office on August 1st, my focus and priority will be developing and implementing a plan to put us in the best position possible to secure significant gains for teachers.