So one of the challenges whenever it's bargaining time is that management represents management rights and unions are to protect their members' rights.
Who are we bargaining for - we are bargaining for our students and hence the new tag line
"We're bargaining for students - It's about time"
This will be a challenging year as I have never bargained before where really the provincial government is acting on management's behalf and we are a party - not the driver.
We know there probably won't be any monies for raises so what will the issues be? too soon to tell.
The standard asks are more money - less work.
We need to stay focused on our goal which is ensuring every student in Toronto gets the best we can give them.
2012 will be an interesting year!