Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers

Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers

Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers

Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers

The goal of Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers, is to support Nova Scotia teachers and encourage them in this very difficult time and circumstance. As parents, grandparents and concerned residents of Nova Scotia, we will stand with our teachers and work to help them achieve better classroom and teaching conditions, as they demand a better education system for all Nova Scotia children.
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The goal of Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers, is to support Nova Scotia teachers and encourage them in this very difficult time and circumstance. As parents, grandparents and concerned residents of Nova Scotia, we will stand with our teachers and work to help them achieve better classroom and teaching conditions, as they demand a better education system for all Nova Scotia children.
Read more about our goals >

If you are a resident of Nova Scotia and are concerned about the state of education in our public schools, we invite you to join our Facebook group, ‘Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers’.

If you are a resident of Nova Scotia and are concerned about the state of education in our public schools, we invite you to join our Facebook group, ‘Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers’.

Listening to the Teachers:

We don’t know where the course of this struggle will lead us. But we want to thank the teachers for several things:

  • Teachers have placed the issues and problems of the classrooms of this province front and center. The public discussion of public education is here to stay.
  • Teachers have shown us that we have willfully under-valued the work they do and by extension, all public service works.
  • Teachers have taught us about the value of professionalism in the delivery of public services and the importance of careers.
  • Teachers have exposed how important and how fragile our system of labour rights are. While paying lip service to collective bargaining, the Liberal government has made a sham of it, with a multiplicity of unconstitutional bullying tactics.

The Supreme Court of Canada has made several landmark rulings about labour relations, including the right to strike  As Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Abella wrote in the January 2015 decision on the right to strike: “The right to strike is essential to realizing these values [dignity, equality, liberty, respect for the autonomy of the person and the enhancement of democracy] through a collective bargaining process because it permits workers to withdraw their labour in concert when collective bargaining reaches an impasse.

Through a strike, workers come together to participate directly in the process of determining their wages, working conditions and the rules that will govern their working lives. The ability to strike thereby allows workers, through collective action, to refuse to work under imposed terms and conditions. This collective action at the moment of impasse is an affirmation of the dignity and autonomy of employees in their working lives.”  Under the Supreme Court rulings, governments CAN take away the right to strike BUT in a way that minimally intrudes upon the process of real collective bargaining.

Governments cannot act unilaterally to impose conditions upon public service workers or exclude certain subjects from bargaining. Moreover, if the strike weapon is removed, it must be replaced with a method that comes as close as possible to achieving a result commensurate with collective bargaining. And that means independent, unfettered, unimpaired third-party binding arbitration. Arbitrators must be able to fashion their own decisions without any interference from governments.  If the law is clear, then why is the Nova Scotia government not obeying it?

To learn more visit: ActForEducation.ca