Premier Ford's dispute with teachers exposes the pink elephant in the room - 2020-01-21
It's time to acknowledge the pink elephant in the room. The provincial government's ongoing dispute with Ontario teachers' unions, cleverly disguised as a budget exercise, is an attack on both female workers and family-friendly policy.
Although Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives won 40 per cent of the popular vote in the 2018 provincial election, 57.6 per cent of voters chose one of the progressive parties, either the NDP, the Liberals, or the Greens. This means most Ontarians backed parties offering family-supportive policies. We knew what was at stake: polls conducted in April 2018 showed that many Ontario women were already wary of Ford's socially conservative tendencies.
My union, the Elementary Teacher's' Federation of Ontario, is 81 per cent female-identified. Contrary to Ford's recent insinuations, teachers' unions are democratic institutions. I vote for the union steward at my school, the local executive, and the provincial president of my union. They consult us regularly and represent our interests.