Teachers and democracy
At a press conference supporting teachers in their ongoing fight - it is now a fight - with the province Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), made the claim that the province is undemocratic in their dealings.
If the unions are so interested in democracy, I have a couple of suggestions.
1. Allow members to belong to the union on a voluntary basis, with the ability to come and go as they wish. If the union can attract 100% membership, good for them. If not, abandonment of the union by large numbers of people would in the end make the union better. They would change and adapt as their members wish, not as their leadership wishes. If they knew on their hearts that they had a great product, they would embrace this kind of democracy.
2. Allow education vouchers, which is real school choice. Vouchers involve having the money alloted to each student follow the student to whatever public or private institution the family chooses. That is democracy, in a system where the people own the system, not he union or the government.
And if the union really cared a whit about democracy, they would realize that their actions on behalf of the Liberals helped put McGuinty in charge in this province, so they got the leadership they wanted.