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Teacher union’s president facing discipline for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ joke

The remark John McGettigan made linking the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy and contract negotiations with the province led to an accusation of professional misconduct.

Chuck Zlotnick

The president of the Saskatoon Teachers' Association is facing possible discipline for making a joke referring to a popular erotic novel, CKOM reports.

The remark John McGettigan made linking the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trilogy and contract negotiations with the province led to an accusation of professional misconduct.

A Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation's professional ethics committee heard the complaint today, but McGettigan was not at the hearing.

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Lawyer Dennis Fisher told the committee the charge stems from a complaint filed by teachers and the principal at Saskatoon's Saint Philip School about a comment McGettigan made in a speech at the association's convention in February.

Fisher says McGettigan's comment that binding conciliation was — quote — the "negotiating equivalent of Fifty Shades of Grey" was an attempt at humour.

The convention was held a week after the government and federation reached an agreement to end a two-year contract dispute.

The committee must decide McGettigan's fate and, if he's found guilty, will make a punishment recommendation to federation executive.

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