Jim Dinn has been acclaimed as incoming president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Association for 2013-2015.
Dinn is an English teacher at Holy Heart High School in St. John's and has been on the union executive since 2005.
Dinn was handed a one-week suspension in 2006 for speaking out about stress at a forum on teacher workload. At the time, school board director Darin King said the comments went beyond fair comment about stress and amounted to insubordination; however, Dinn's suspension was reversed before it went into effect.
That experience cemented Dinn's commitment to the union. "You felt the power of your colleagues and the solidarity. And that's something that's never left me," he said.
Six years later, Dinn told CBC teacher workload remains an issue across the province. "Whether you’re a small school on the Northern Peninsula or a large school in the city or in Corner Brook — as one teacher said to me — 'there's more and more being placed on my plate and my plate is not getting any bigger.' And that's the demands of meetings, the dealing with inclusion," Dinn said.
Before taking over as president in August 2013, Dinn will have his work cut out for him as the union's chief negotiator. Teachers have been working under an expired collective agreement since August 2012.