We are lending our support to two very important campaigns.
OECTA joins the Canadian Labour Congress in calling for a ban on all use and imports of asbestos, and for a registry of both contaminated buildings and people with diseases caused by asbestos. It is estimated that more than 2,000 Canadians die every year from diseases caused by asbestos exposure. And asbestos-related diseases are on the rise, as are asbestos imports into Canada.
Materials prepared by the CLC, including a factsheet and promotional posters, are available on oecta.on.ca and on the CLC website http://canadianlabour.ca/news/news-archive/canadian-unions-renew-call-comprehensive-ban-asbestos
Help promote the ban by highlighting it in your communications to members and around the Day of Mourning on April 28.
Show your support on social media using the hashtags #banasbestos and #dayofmourning
Tell Pearson that every child has the right to a free, high-quality public education.
Pearson is the world’s largest education company, or “edubusiness,” with operations in more than 70 countries. Their operations include the delivery of high-stakes standardized tests in the North and the privatization of schools in the Global South.
Pearson’s annual meeting of shareholders takes place on April 29. At that time, a shareholders’ resolution filed by a group of 100 education-friendly international pension funds, labour unions, and concerned shareholders will be debated. The resolution calls on Pearson to change its business practices, to become more ethical and transparent, to support teachers, and to ensure all children have equal access to high-quality public education.
Share the message on social media using the hashtag #TellPearson, and sign the online petition at http://www.tellpearson.org/
OECTA Provincial is tweeting and posting to Facebook about these initiatives – retweet us, like our pages, or create your own social media posts using the information and hashtags provided.
Director of Communications
Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association
t: 416-925-2493 xtn 509