TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - An apparently leaked memo from
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) President Ken
Coran to teachers contains claims that should alarm the vast majority
of Ontarians. The February 24, 2013 memo reviewed the union's strategy
with the Ontario government during recent months of fractious labour
negotiations, and appears to have been sent on a confidential basis to
OSSTF teachers. Mr. Coran lays claim to number of "accomplishments"
during this period including, among other things, having:
"Stole the ability of the Liberals to form a majority government through
our united actions and hard work in the Kitchener-Waterloo by-election
on September 6, 2012"
"Influenced Dalton McGuinty's decision to resign his Premiership"
"Forced a Liberal Leadership Convention which caused a full internal
review of the party's political position"
Data from Elections Ontario shows that Teachers Unions in Ontario spent
over $5 million in the 2011 general election, partly on their own
account and partly through the union front group called the "Working
Families", to influence the election results. All Ontarians are able
to contribute to political parties, but the amounts for individuals,
employers and unions are severely limited to amounts in the thousands
of dollars. However, changes to Ontario's election laws in 2007 allow
so-called "third party advertisers" to spend unlimited amounts on
attack ads. Union bosses have used this scheme and their power to
raise and spend millions of dollars from the forced dues of workers -
workers they could have fired from their jobs for not paying.
Catherine Swift, spokesperson for the Workplace Democracy Institute
(WDI), stated "I doubt most Ontario taxpayers are aware of the massive
amounts these government unions spend to sway elections in favour of
union-friendly governments. They clearly believe they are buying
influence, which drives up the costs of government to all Ontarians and
risks bankrupting such important areas as education and health care".
"At a time when Ontario faces serious financial problems and needs to
cut costs, the political activities of these government unions warrant
closer scrutiny. There is no reason why self-interested union bosses
should be permitted to spend unlimited amounts to influence political
outcomes that sharply increase the cost of government and ultimately
harm the vast majority of Ontarians", she added.
The WDI will be working to expose the extent to which government and
non-government unions use behind-the-scenes tactics to bring about
political and economic results that are not in the best interests of
The Workplace Democracy Institute was established in 2011 as a
not-for-profit advocacy group to promote democratic workplace laws and
support worker rights to real choice regarding unions.
SOURCE: Workplace Democracy Institute of Canada
For further information:
please call Catherine Swift at 416-816-7248 or Catherine.Swift@wdi-idt.ca