Education Fight Continues

September 28, 1998


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Education Fight Continues
Education Fight Continues
dated September 28, 1998 

Education Fight Continues

The provincial government continues to wage its war against Ontario's teachers, using divisive tactics and passing the buck to the school boards to do the dirty work. But the situation hasn't changed from that of a year ago when the province's teachers staged a province wide protest.

Sept 28, 1998 Toronto
In his support for the teachers against Bill 160 CAW National president Buzz Hargrove stressed that change must be based on what is good for the students and not for political or monetary gain.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"Do we have problems? Of course, like everything else in society, there's change coming. We should be part of that, but you can't force change on people simply for the purpose of taking money to put in the pockets of other people. Education is too crucial for the kind of political power game that this government is playing. This is the most undemocratic government in the history of our province or country."

Hargrove says this is not the time to be reducing preparation time for the teachers.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"At a time in our history, when the changes, the technological advances are absolutely astounding, the information highway, everything that is happening; if teachers don't have the time to properly keep up and prepare, how are they going to pass that on? Even the employers in the work place understand that today. It's only 82 people at Queens Park that don't appear to understand that."


Teachers are back in their classrooms in some areas, and not in others. Chaos in scheduling classes, uncertainty about both curricular and extra curricular activities haunts students, parents and teachers.


Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"Imagine a group of teachers that are fighting for education, and find out they can't win, how demoralized they are going to be. I know as a parent, I wouldn't want that situation. I don't think that's good for my kids or any other kids in the province and I think that's where most parents are."

As the teachers across the province continue their fight for better education Hargrove urges the entire community to back the teachers.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"These people deserve the support of working people, that they are out fighting for our interests as well as their own and our kids, and we should all be out there supporting them on the picket line and any other way we can."


CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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