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NLTA Participation at Rally, Saturday, May 7

May 2, 2016

Colleagues,

I am encouraging as many members as possible to attend the noontime rally organized by the NL Federation of Labour for this Saturday, May 7 at Confederation Building. It’s “A rally for strong communities, good jobs, and tax fairness.”

It is important that as many of us as possible attend. It’s important that teachers be visible. If you are in St. John’s on May 7, come along. Bring your families, friends, and colleagues. We’ll have placards and a banner. Rally details here.

Since Budget 2016 was released, your Association has taken a strong public stance against the negative effects on our students, schools, and teachers. Through memos, media interviews, letters to the editor, and teacher letters to MHAs, we have made it clear that the loss of 219 teachers will have a significant impact on the ability of schools to deliver programs. Instead of providing the resources to reduce or better support the multi-grading small schools face, Budget 2016 has increased the number of multi-graded classes. Budget 2016 further hampers the ability of schools to deliver a truly inclusive education to all students. Most of all, Budget 2016 does not deliver on the commitments to education the Liberals made while in Opposition.

Your Association is developing a long-term strategy to fight this budget and any plan that strips resources from our students rather than investing in them. A number of you have suggested we hold our own protests, and province-wide rallies are being considered. For now we plan to make our presence known on May 7 and swell the ranks of this rally. It’s an important first step.

We will meet at the back parking lot (access off Gooseberry Lane) of the College of the North Atlantic on Prince Phillip Campus at 11:00 am and march to the rally from there. This will send a clear message of how strongly teachers value their students and the education they receive.

More information will be provided leading up to Saturday. If you are concerned about education, please show up for this rally. It’s too important to miss.

See you on Saturday!

James Dinn
NLTA President
jdinn@nlta.nl.ca