August 11, 2014 8:27 am

STF mum on stripping authority from its president

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation won’t comment publicly on reasons for a non-confidence motion against its president Colin Keess.

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SASKATOON – The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation won’t comment publicly on the reasons why a non-confidence motion was passed against its president Colin Keess, saying it’s an internal matter.

The executive of the STF passed a non-confidence motion on June 19 and on Aug. 1 passed another motion stripping Keess of all his duties and responsibilities.

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The matter came to light after the STF sent an email on Aug. 8 to over 12,000 teachers informing them of the action against Keess.

Keess said he has no idea why he was stripped of his authority.

“I have no idea what the ‘conduct as president’ refers to in the release, and I suppose I won’t until a proper process is followed and I hear the allegations,” said Keess in a statement released Sunday.

The STF says Keess is aware of what is transpiring. In a release Sunday evening, the STF executive said “public statements from Mr. Keess that he has ‘not a clue’ why this action has been taken are inaccurate.”

“Mr. Keess has been made aware of the basis of the motion of non-confidence. A further in-camera meeting has been scheduled for Mr. Keess to meet with the executive members in relation to this matter.”

STF goes on to say its members are expected to abide by established principle of executive conduct and policies and has no further plans to speak about the issue publicly at this time.

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