Re: Teacher objects to museum donation (June 25). I am an active member of the Manitoba Teachers' Society and I was at the May annual general meeting.
MTS publications (including the website) had articles about the Canadian Museum for Human Rights donation. Letters were sent to local representatives and schools and speakers were made available.
The procedures for the AGM provide an opportunity for any public school teacher in the province to be a delegate. Every school (at least in Winnipeg) has one representative, of their local association, and maybe more, in their school.
At the AGM, the debate for this particular resolution was long and in-depth and we heard both pros and cons on the matter. The vote was democratic and the result was, yes, the MTS would support an $18 increase in fees over five years, thereby donating $1.5 million to the CMHR.
Matthew Stacey says at his school "most teachers had no clue." That's a cop-out. As a teacher and a union member, you have a responsibility to educate yourself, not to be spoon fed the information. A phone call or an email would have provided him with more information than he wanted.