Quote: Originally Posted by JLM
Well, you obviously have the issues confused. I think most people want to see teachers get paid appropriately for what they do, but that doesn't include succumbing to bribes. When you have a job building widgets I would think your pay would be based on the number and quality of the widgets you build! Why complicate the issue?
Structure of the deal doesn't change the overall amount that it costs you. If they can save money by offering a one time bonus instead of an ongoing benefit, as a taxpayer I always want them to save money.
Quote: Originally Posted by PoliticalNick
If you had any idea how many time the BCTF had held the parents of BC hostage for more money in the last 2 decades you would understand why most of us would be just as happy to see their contract include being boiled in oil.
Teachers work about 8 months a year and continually seem to want to do less teaching and more babysitting for their salary. I say they are an essential service and should not be allowed to strike. Personally I think they should go to every district that engages in these rotating strikes and hand every teacher notice for the end of June. F*ck em all, fire their a$$es and let them reapply for September when they can start at the bottom.
I'm sure they would love to be declared an essential service. That would mean that their contracts would automatically go to binding arbitration which almost always ends in better deals for the union.
In the end, it takes two to tango. The BC government has been really bad at managing their relationship with teachers. It is really exemplified by things such as just stripping parts of contracts unilaterally.