College educators refuse to let the provincial government starve out the teachers!MEDIA RELEASE
October 14, 2005
College educators set up “Feed the Teachers” fund
We’re not going to let the Provincial Government starve out teachers says Cindy Oliver, President of the Post-Secondary Educators.
Support for the BC teachers’ protest has spread to BC’s post-secondary
sector with an announcement today that the Federation of ost-Secondary
Educators (FPSE) has established a special fund to help feed teachers during this dispute.
“It’s clear that the provincial government is hoping to starve out BC
teachers and we’re not going to let that happen,” said Cindy Oliver,
President of the 10,000 member FPSE. “We have set aside an initial commitment of $200,000 to buy $50 food vouchers which we will be distributing to teachers who are fighting for a fair collective agreement,” said Oliver.
“Our plan is to get other unions in the post-secondary sector to contribute to this fund. We have talked this morning with our national organization, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and expect to get a firm commitment from them as to their contribution. We are also appealing to others in the BC labour movement to show their solidarity and support for what we have done. I hope that by next week we are in a position to announce more contributions to ensure that every teacher in BC understands just how
much we are prepared to do to help them win a fair collective agreement,” said Oliver.
“The Premier and his Cabinet colleagues have to understand that the longer they refuse to negotiate with BC teachers the longer this dispute will drag on. Teachers want a negotiated settlement and we need the government to show that it is prepared to let those negotiations happen,” Oliver concluded.
For more information contact:
Phillip Legg, FPSE Communications at 604-873-8988
Or Cindy Oliver, FPSE President at 604-873-8988
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58 delegates at the monthly meeting of the Council of Senior Citizen’s Organizations of B.C… (COSCO), representing 77 senior’s organizations with a membership of 80,000, voted unanimously to support the teacher in their fight for a satisfactory Collective Agreement.
The delegates vigorously expressed their unqualified support of the actions of the BCTF leadership and condemn the action of the Provincial Government for trying to subvert the Collective Bargaining process by passing legislation. COSCO delegates made it clear that government is breaking International Conventions which guarantee free Collective Bargaining.
One delegate, a decorated Veteran said: “We went to War and made sacrifices to protect the rights of people from evil laws, and we should tell Mr Campbell, that we won’t to stay still while he is destroying teacher’s rights”.
COSCO will support the teachers till the issues of classroom size and other matters are resolved. Delegates expressed their view that as grand parents we want to make sure that our grand children receive a quality education, which present classroom size undermines.
COSCO will communicate their protest and displeasure with the government’s position to the Premier. In addition we will consult with the teachers and offer any help the teachers might require.
For further information please contact, Rudy Lawrence at 604-312-2089
Date: October 14th, 2005