White union members vote to devalue to appease minorities-RT World News

A Canadian teachers’ union decided that if there are not enough minority representatives on the board, the votes of its indigenous, black, and racial members will have additional weight in the decision-making process.

According to the National Post, since the beginning of the school year, the so-called weighted voting has taken effect in the local bargaining unit of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF), the larger Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) in Halton, Ontario.

The unit, which represents approximately 1,400 teachers and school staff, voted in a controversial system in June this year-said to be aimed at increasing the representation of minorities. At its annual general meeting of shareholders, it received the support of 68% of the delegates.

The new system ensures that indigenous, black, and racialized representatives always have 50% of the vote, even if they participate in less than half of the board meetings.

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This means that if 20 people vote, 5 minority representatives will have the same weight as the other 15 representatives who do not think they are racialized.

When there is equality between groups and 50% of non-white members are present, voting will proceed as usual.

“I do believe this is a very positive step for fairness,” Union teacher and branch chair Daryl LeBlanc (Daryl LeBlanc) introduced the measure to the newspaper.

The weighted voting material distributed to members by the union last month insisted that although the idea that one person has one vote seems fair, “Fairness does not necessarily mean fairness.”

“Equal opportunity to join the federation does not mean that all members are treated equally,” Document. “In a democratic framework, promoting the participation of members of groups seeking fairness is an effective and necessary way to achieve equal results.”

“Black, racial, and indigenous members feel unsafe or unwelcome in union activities” The materials seen by the National Post suggest that some measures need to be taken in this regard.

However, many members disagreed with these changes, calling them discriminatory. According to reports, delegates are also worried that this may violate Ontario’s human rights laws.

“If your school representatives are racialized, then you get a higher percentage of votes,” The teacher who chose to remain anonymous pointed out.

When the National Post asked for comment, Caitlin Clark, spokesperson for Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce wrote, “The teachers’ union has once again stumbled.”

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