The president of the national body representing over 215,000 teachers across Canada urges the
Eastern School District of Newfoundland and Labrador to rescind its earlier decision to suspend two teachers who were unnecessarily punished for speaking out at a recent meeting.
Winston Carter, President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), believes teachers shouldn’t be muzzled when it comes to speaking out on issues affecting the learning and teaching conditions that influence the quality of education our students receive.
In a strongly worded letter of support to Kevin Foley, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA) http://www.nlta.nl.ca, Carter writes: “Such action is abhorrent and reminiscent of tactics which might be employed in a dictatorial state rather than 21st century Canada. For over 100 years NLTA and the other teacher organizations in this country have fought improved working and learning conditions and the right of teachers to
speak freely on these issues. Indeed, it is a professional responsibility for teachers and their unions to discuss and debate critical workload issues.
CTF is solidly behind NLTA in supporting your two members and in defending them against this shameful, high-handed and wrong-headed suspension. No employer has the right to muzzle teachers from discussing workload issues, and this right has been confirmed by various tribunals across this country.”
The CTF President who is originally from Newfoundland and Labrador further explains that teachers have a right to examine and publicize research that sheds light on the teaching and learning conditions that influence the quality of education our students receive.
“This is all about power and control. I shudder to think what next should these measures not be corrected immediately,” concludes Carter.