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Teachers vote to donate $1.5M to human rights museum

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Manitoba public school teachers have voted to donate $1.5 million to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in return for naming rights to a museum classroom.

It will not only be the largest donation to the CMHR by a union, but larger than all union donations combined.

The vote followed almost an hour’s debate at the Manitoba Teachers’ Society annual general meeting Friday. Opponents said members should not be forced to make the charitable donation, and questioned the benefit from a $1.5 million contribution.

Supporters said teachers should show support for human rights, as well as labour rights.

The donation will require the deduction of $1.52 per member per month over five years. A down payment of $300,000 will be made to the museum, with the rest paid over five years.

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