TAIE International teachers say #UnionYES!
Over the last two months, teachers at the TAIE International Institute in Toronto fought to achieve the benefits of Union representation with UFCW Local 175.
Finally, on October 24, that hard work paid off when they won their certification vote 20 to 1.
The 15 full-time and 11 part-time employees teach at a private school in the downtown area. A lack of job security was the major concern that led the teachers to seek out our Union. Some of the teachers are on short fixed-term contracts or part-time with no guarantee of re-employment from term to term.
Additionally, other issues of concern included harassment, violence, and other health and safety concerns. Wages, benefits, and favouritism played a significant role in bringing the workers to the Union as well.
“Congratulations to all of the teachers at TAIE,” said Shawn Haggerty, President of UFCW Local 175. “We are more than happy to welcome more professional educators to our Local Union and we look forward to getting to the bargaining table promptly for these Members.”
Teachers at the school provide courses in English as a Second Language (ESL), Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) classes, and University Preparation Courses (UPC). The teachers at TAIE join educators from several other private schools who joined UFCW Local 175 over the past year.
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