Re: B.C. School teachers - What would be fair?Mar 5th, 2012
A new B.C. teacher with the ink still damp on the degree and no experience pulls down about $47,000.00. The average salary for teachers in B.C. is close to $60,000.00. The maximum salary is around $75,000.00. The teachers are asking for fifteen percent which for the average teacher is about a $9000.00 per year increase. I think that would be a hefty raise in good times. With the government up to their neck in debt, demanding that kind of increase is completely selfish.
Your math is off, it's 15% over three years, which is comprised of 3% cost of living increases each year for three years, with 3% market adjustments in year 2 and 3, it's not a $9000 per year increase.... If you use the average salary, next year the salary would be $63,000. The following year the salary would be $66,780. The final year of increase it would be $70,786.80.
And honestly I really doubt they think they will get 15%, that's just how negotiations work. Their salary will still be below other provinces, yet with the highest cost of living in the country.
we pay for all kinds of services, but the teachers have to answer to the government, their bosses, as
we don't have a say, and if we did, perhaps we could be more reasonable, which would make them feel
they are at least being listened to, it seems there are far too many people instantly against them,
and begrudge them a good living, but they also want the best there is, teaching the students, can't have
Hire the best, pay them well, and put more energy into giving canadians a higher quality cirriculum, so
the teachers have better material to teach.
Instead the government wants to peel them back as much as they can, stop them from progressing, put them
in their place, then tell them to be good teachers, while treating them like second class citizens.
1. The "Gov't" has no money, the same as anyone else who is $60 billion in debt.
2. It's not fair to the taxpayer, many of who are already struggling.
3. When you cost out the value of their salary, perks and time off from work, they are already earning almost $100,000 a year.
4. Teachers have to learn "they can't suck and blow at the same time".
Now having said all that, after determining who the good ones are and turfing the bad ones, if I was in charge, I'd say you examine the entire education budget and if you can find ways to save up to a maximum of 2%, you will receive that raise.
BCTF president Susan Lambert made the announcement this morning, just hours after the union revealed its 41,000 members had voted 87 per cent in favour of a walkout.
Lambert says the strike will begin Monday and will continue through Wednesday, with students returning to classes on Thursday, March 8.