This morning President Hammond invited parent activist Jessica Lyons from West End Parents for Public Education to address Annual Meeting delegates.
“My message today is simple,” Lyons began. “Parents are with you. Across the province parents are standing with educators and pledge solidarity with you in organizing and job action. We can protect public education by fighting together,” she said. “We are not in normal times. We need to rise to the occasion together. We are preparing to launch a province-wide parent coalition. We need you to be speaking to the parents of the children that you teach. Raise their awareness, talk about organizing together to win. We know that your working conditions are our children’s learning conditions. We will win this fight together.”