REWT (Rank & File Education Workers of Toronto)

Welcome to REWT - Rank and file Education Workers Together.

We are a group of education workers (secondary, elementary, retired) from across Ontario. We are union activists who want to promote rank-and-file initiatives and activism within the union. We welcome members of OSSTF/FEESO, ETT, ETFO, CUPE, AEFO, and OECTA.

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Here are our guiding principles:

1. "We endeavour to develop politically active union membership which will fight for collective bargaining, use social media and mainstream media for public relations purposes, educate the public as to issues in public education, promote solidarity of education workers, increase member involvement, support other unions in their fights for better working conditions, and appeal to non-teacher activists."

2. "We oppose all attempts to privatize education through any means including charter schools and voucher schools."

3. "We will advocate for education workers who have not been adequately represented: we will work to ensure that our more vulnerable members, including but not limited to EA's, support staff, and occasional teachers and newer education workers are defended and supported."

4. "We support our unions' desires to abolish EQAO testing, and extend that to all mandatory standardized testing, especially those considered as 'high stakes' where passing the test is a prerequisite for High School graduation. Furthermore we oppose testing for the purposes of international comparisons and rankings such as PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment)."

5. "We believe in one publicly funded, secular education system which includes both French and English language schools."

6. “We maintain that seniority is a fundamental principle of trade unionism that needs to be defended.”

7. “To ensure/maintain positive working conditions for its members, conditions which are properly determined through a fair, collective-bargaining process and ratified by all-member voting, REWT shall lobby the leadership of its member unions to provide prompt, non-violent response (including, but not limited to mass protests, advertisement campaigns, media interviews, political action, and job action) whenever its members' working conditions are threatened and/or imposed.”

Corps des travailleuses et travailleurs du rang en éducation de l'Ontario

Nous sommes des travailleuses et travailleurs en éducation (secondaire, élémentaire, retraités) formant un groupe de militants qui visent à appuyer les initiatives des membres de base des fédérations et qui favorisent l'action au sein du syndicat.

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