TORONTO, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - After joining the striking employees of
Porter Airlines on the picket line on March 11, 2013, delegates from
the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) Annual
General Meeting (AGM) brought the young workers back to the meeting,
where they received a standing ovation and a cheque for more than
$30,000, as a contribution to their strike fund.
Teacher delegates attending OECTA's AGM joined in the peaceful protest
at Billy Bishop Airport in support of the employees who fuel Porter
Airlines aircraft at the Toronto Island Airport. The workers, who are
members of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE)
Local 343, have been on strike since January 10, 2013.
"The right to demonstrate in large peaceful groups to voice discontent
and opposing views is democracy in action," said Kevin O'Dwyer,
President of OECTA.
"Our 640 AGM delegates were inspired by the courage of those 22 young
workers striking for fair salaries and safe working conditions,"
O'Dwyer added. "It was a teachable moment and those young workers were
the teachers that day."
For more information about their strike action, and to donate, visit www.dontflyporter.com
OECTA represents the 45,000 professional women and men who teach all
grades in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
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