Saturday, January 20, 2007

Teachers Union Votes Against Boycott of Isreal

Delegates to the OSSTF convention have overwhelmingly rejected a motion to support an international boycott of Isreal, similar to the one CUPE Ontario delegates endorsed unanimously last year. My guess is that the negative press surroundings CUPE's actions convinced OSSTF activists that supporting the motion would be a strategic error.

According to news reports:

B'nai Brith launched an e-mail campaign calling on teachers and others to contact the union local and urge it to drop the motion, adding it ignored human rights abuses in other countries and contained no condemnation of Palestinian violence.