Rotating Strikes to Continue
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Prince George, B.C.- The BC Teachers Federation has decided to continue its rotating strikes into next week. In addition to School District 57 schools being closed tomorrow, they will also be closed on Tuesday, June 3rd.
The one day rotating walks outs will take place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of next week with School District 57 impacted on Tuesday.
"It is unfortunate" says Tina Cousins, President of the Prince George District Teachers Association "But this is how we will have to roll."
Cousins made a presentation to the SD57 Board of Eucation last evening, "I said last night, public education needs a revolution, and this is it."
The teachers are pushing for a new contract that would address wages, class size and class composition.
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Maybe that is exactly what this dispute needs. Seems the BCTF negotiating strategy is to table their opening list of demands and remain intransigent through the following sessions knowing that the most they have to lose is their wages for a day or two before being legislated back to work.
After completely missing a cheque or two maybe the rank and file will get the message to Iker and the bargaining committee that negotiations done correctly involve both give and take
No sympathy for unions
“…court transcripts show B.C. Premier Christy Clark was involved in plans to provoke a full-blown strike in the public school system in a bid to gain public support for legislation that would end a labour dispute with the B.C. Teachers Federation (BCTF).”
No doubt about it, provoking and goading the teachers into this strike is all part of that Lib-Con government strategy, too bad we are on to them, and the only public support they are getting is from their own Liberal Party members.
As for job action it was the BCTF that served strike notice before lockout notice was given. Maybe a full scale strike or lockout is the only way to end this 30 year long version of Groundhog Day.
Too bad it wasn't hot air your wallet would be giving Jimmy Patterson's a run.
Question of the reason for your user name change is still unanswered peeps.
For those of you dumping all this on the BCTF, you seem to ignore the Liberal's role in this.
From Michael Smyth's column in The province:
"Clark was the education minister back when Gordon Campbell’s former Liberal government first stripped class-size ratios from the teachers’ contract." Teachers gave up 3 year's wage increase to get class ratios set in their contract.
After the Campbell gov't 's actions,
"The B.C. Teachers Federation then successfully sued the government for doing it." and after another appeal "the union has slam-dunked the government in court again".
Yeah, well, I would take anything Adrian Dix says with a huge grain of salt. You apparently think his word is gospel.
Why would a public servant send their kids to private school if they thought public funding was adequate?
So they don't have to deal with the BCTF. It's nice to be in a school system where the mediocre and the mundane are not tolerated.
It's just not that easy to fire smart people. I'd be curious to see if the private school system does, in fact, deal with bad teachers and how do they evaluate their success.
JB, when I said my opinion was evidence based, I was referring to the “court transcripts”, as in; “court transcripts show B.C. Premier Christy Clark was involved in plans to provoke a full-blown strike in the public school system…” You can’t get more evidence based than “court transcripts” that contain the words of testifying Liberal government politicians / officials, who are under oath to tell the TRUTH, or be charged with perjury if they lie. JB, this is one of those rare and exciting times where a Liebral politician / official cannot lie, and must tell the truth!
Wait a minute… I am beginning to feel like a teacher in a classroom full of students and you are one of the slower learners JB, I simply cannot spend any more time holding your hand and guiding you through the facts of this matter, there are other students that require my time and attention… I am sorry that linear thinking, and evidence based discussion / debate, are concepts too difficult for you to comprehend, but again, I am only one teacher in a very large class of students who also need my time and attention… I am afraid it’s sink or swim for you buddy!