Shawn L. Bird

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poem- fight for rights #Iwillholdtheline August 29, 2014

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I will fight for what’s right.

I will demand my government obeys the law.

I will fight for what’s right.

I will stand in defence of contracts illegally torn.

I will fight for what’s right.

I will not blink when it threatens

I will fight for what’s right.

I will shout about injustice and lies

I will fight for what’s right.

I will shame them before the world.

I will fight for what’s right.

I will hold the line.



Our British Columbia government illegally tore up our contracts in 2002 when our current premier was Minister of Education.  We have fought for the last 12 years against this injustice.  Two provincial Supreme Court decisions ruled against the government, stating that they violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  The decision demanded the government reimburse us for what they took away.  As well, the United Nation’s International Labour Organization ruled against their flouting of treaties and international agreements.  We are on strike because a government that acts illegally must be held to account.

The most recent Supreme Court ruling was in February, 2014.  You can read the ruling here.  You will see constant references to how the government bargained in bad faith, provoked strikes, and acted illegally.  They are still behaving the same way, so we are fighting to preserve fair bargaining for all working people, because if they destroy us, they will destroy every union in the province.   You should care about this.  You should care a lot.



8 Responses to “poem- fight for rights #Iwillholdtheline”

  1. MicheleMariePoetry Says:

    Too much power corrupts! Nice poem 🙂

  2. AC Says:

    Seems the anti-union bug is in Canada, too. I wish you success in your struggle.

    • Greedy conservative politicians who pay off greedy corporations who don’t want to pay their share of taxes and then blame the educated middle class, and claim there is no money, because of all the taxes they’ve cut. I think they’re hearing loud and clear that citizens don’t approve, but they’re not moving.

  3. Melody J Haislip Says:

    Shawn, kickass poem. I’ve shared it on fb. I really like political poetry. It’s rather empowering. Good work.

  4. Lorien Says:

    Wonderful Shawn! Yes! I care a lot about what is happening. Thank you for speaking up and disseminating the information.

    • Doing my part. If we teachers don’t tell what’s really going on, how will the public know? For sure the government propaganda isn’t the truth! It is quite astonishing how they will go out and earnestly state bald faced lies to the media, and so many of the public believes them. The parents know, but older folks, who think of schools like it was before the 90s, have no idea how it has changed.

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