This is an odd time to be campaigning for re-election!
With school visits ruled out (a smart, responsible decision by the Provincial Executive!) and many Locals moving to Zoom based Local meetings this fall, both for public health reasons, this campaign will rely heavily on virtual presence and interaction.
For those interested in displaying your support for my re-election, here’s a profile pic you can use on social media.If you’re posting in support, please consider using #withwozney when you do.
My focus remains on providing sound, effective, strong leadership for NSTU members and public education. I believe that’s the kind of campaigning members truly expect and can support.
Always happy to hear from and interact with members to be able to do the best job possible.
All NSTU presidential candidates receive 15 days of release time for campaign purposes.
Beginning on the Monday after the close of March break until election day on May 23, candidates have support to cross the province to connect with members at over three hundred sites in 23 locals in every county, 8 school boards, 13 Community College campuses and 3 community learning centres. It’s a huge job, but it’s a treat to work with local presidents, reps and members across the NSTU to make the most of these times.
Today marked the end of day 5 for me, leaving 10 days of campaign time between now and election day. So far, #withwozney’s campaign tally:
17 schools visited
6 candidates forums (check out #withwozney audio from these events here)
Thanks to the many who have provided opportunity to meet & interact with NSTU members. Looking forward to the stretch run. Invites and suggestions welcome- hit me back at @withwozney on Twitter, or by email at email@example.com. See you soon!
NSTU members are looking for a president with the ability to advocate for public education and our profession with passion, insight and clarity in a variety of ways. As our public spokesperson, this role is the most visible one our president delivers and arguably the most important.
So, how can members know what type of spokesperson they are getting when they cast a vote? I’m a big believer that the past record of a candidate is the best predictor of their future performance.
I’m proud to offer NSTU members a prominent, effective record of speaking up for members’ interests in many ways. Members can vote with confidence not only because of how I have spoken, written and communicated via social media since I first took on an elected role with the Halifax County Local in 2016.
Members can vote with confidence because I spoke out long before I had any union position to speak of.
Teachers want a place at the table
(Information Morning from CBC Radio Nova Scotia, November 2015)
A vote with Wozney isn’t one you cast in hopes that I will suddenly develop strong skills as a spokesperson.
It’s one you cast knowing full well that the voice you elect never feared repercussions from the employer without the safety of a union position, and whose voice has been raised intelligently and effectively for an extended period. No need for voter’s remorse on May 23- for Strength to Advocate, elect Paul Wozney.
A vote #withwozney gives NSTU members a president with strength to advocate.
As president, communication that elevates the cause of public education and the status of our profession demands skill, conviction and polish as a speaker, interviewee, writer, social media presence and more.
A vote #withwozney supports someone who did all of this before they had a position, and has continued to do so after they obtained a position.
You won’t have to hope that I can communicate in a way that resonates with members and the public. You can know that I already have.
This piece has been read over 22,000 times, and teacher organizations across Canada and abroad have shared it with their members as part of empowering them in job action to challenge for fair wages and quality working conditions.
On May 23, your vote #withwozney empowers a president unafraid to speak up for what matters most to members. I invite you to join me in realizing an NSTU we can be proud of.