John Abbott College Teachers 89% in Favor of Strike

“Speak softly, and carry a big stick.”
—Theodore Roosevelt

IMG_3390Earlier on this evening, as the September sun fell into a blood red sky, John Abbott College teachers voted 89% in favor of a strike—with the largest voter turnout I’ve ever seen at a union meeting. We’ve just given our union representatives an overwhelming mandate, a big stick which they can take to the bargaining table with them. Let’s hope they don’t have to use it.

The core issues involved in this strike vote don’t really have anything to do with the paycheck deposited into my account every two weeks. It’s about pencil-pushing bureaucrats who’ve never set foot in a classroom telling trained professionals how to do their jobs. It’s about the vast majority of my younger colleagues who are still living precariously contract to contract after years of loyal service. It’s about classes that have gone from 25 to 45. This isn’t about the money; it’s about honour and respect.

—John Faithful Hamer

About John Faithful Hamer

John Faithful Hamer is a college professor who still can't swim, drive, or pay his bills on time. His sense of direction is notoriously unreliable, yet he'd love to tell you where to go. His lack of practical skills is astounding, and his inability to fix things is renowned, yet he'd love to tell you what to do. His mismanagement of time is legendary, as is his inability to remember appointments, yet he fancies himself a philosopher and would love to tell you how to live. He wouldn't survive in a state of nature, of that we can be sure; but he's doing quite well in the big city, which has always been a refuge for the ridiculous, a haven for the helpless, and a friend to the frivolous.

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