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Teachers MPs share characteristics

To the editor:

Here’s The Problem: When I see the ads that are being run by the teachers of B.C., I think they were written by one of our MPs. They go on to say how hard they work and how much time they put in along with the spending of their own money in order to facilitate the jobs they are required to do for their students, not to mention that they only work for nine months of the year and make a wage that others envy for that amount of time put in.

Granted, they do spend time educating themselves in order to qualify to be a teacher but they should know what it requires before applying for that position and what is expected of them.

When their union heads make a demand like seven paid days off if even an acquaintance dies, it is ludicrous, but I guess you have to have something you can barter away when you come to the table, even if it diminishes your integrity in the bargaining process.

Maybe it is time to stop taking the adversarial approach and look at how each can work together to come out with a win, win situation for both sides, or better yet have some of these unions sit on the board of directors so when the establishment says there is no money available at this time they know there is no money available in these leaner economic times, and not that it is just a bottomless pit because it comes from the taxpayers.

Granted teachers are an important part of our children’s future and there is nothing else that will prepare them for their future like a good education. We constantly hear, “We are doing this for our students,” but at the end of the day it is not the student that will be getting that raise or benefits and when classes resume not much will have changed in the way teachers teach, only that it has cost everyone else more because that money has to come from somewhere.

Look what takes place when you do settle for about what was first offered after possibly months of anxiety of going on strike. You get a minor increase, then the retailers, grocery stores and restaurants raise their prices and the government either adds another tax or user fees because you received a raise.

Also the union says: Look what we did for you so now we will raise your union dues.

What happened to that raise? You are probably making less than you were due to being in a higher tax bracket with increased costs. Not only that, you now have lessened the buying power of people on fixed incomes where the government thinks $1.50 for the month is a generous increase for them.

We cannot keep going on like this as one union always tries to trump the other so therefore no one wins in the end with constantly rising costs and the dollar loses its value and buying power.

At one time the unions were desperately needed in order to get the working person a fair and equitable contract but times have changed and it seem as if the thinking of the unions is still one of an adversarial attitude.

Here’s the solution.

Being as you are qualified with the required degrees and are used to spending so much extra time at your calling, you should run for an MP’s office so you can receive a 20 per cent to 50 per cent raise, voted in by yourselves, a gold-plated pension and still work only about nine months of the year.

John D. Grant,



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