Bites. Bruises. Tears: What unions are saying about the growing violence in schools – Woodstock Sentinel Review

by ahnationtalk on July 9, 202415 Views

Jul 09, 2024

Educators crying in their cars, trying to convince themselves they can get through another day. Bite marks, bruises, and the daily fear of violence from the elementary students they teach.

These were a few of the challenges handwritten on postcards delivered to the Grand Erie District School Board (GEDSB) by the presidents of four unions representing Brant-area education staff.

The representatives hoped the words would inspire the board to allocate some of its $11.1 million budget surplus to support staff.

None of the stories came as a surprise to the union heads from CUPE 5100, ETFO Occasional Teacher Local, ETFO DECE Local and ETFO Teacher Local, who represent more than 2,800 education workers in GEDSB elementary schools.

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