A short post on the current strike by BC Teachers.
Last week they were ruled to be in contempt of court… however, the court was very light on their punishment of the union. They only froze the assets of the BC Teachers Federation… thu denying teachers their $50 a day strike pay. Now when you go from a $1200-$2000 bi-weekly paycheque… to $50 a day… most people will tell you that you might as well get nothing anyway, so it is clear that the court was lenient and has sent a message directly to the BC Government.
That message being: All parties in a contract are to be granted the right to a process of *negotiation*. The Government can not be allowed to use its’ priviledged position as legislator to affect the way it negotiates contracts with its’ workers.
How convenient it is now, to see the BC Government saying to teachers that they always wanted to negotiate… but can’t now because of the illegal strike. Such arrogance! Gordon Campbell and his party know full well that the ball is in their court. It is their turn to make a move. And the only move they can make is to get back to the negotiating table.
If the Government thinks that public opinion will soon turn against the teachers, I think they are grossly miscalculating. I have yet to meet someone not in support of the teachers. Even the DJs on the popular CFOX radio station I listen to are actively supporting the teachers. The public is behind their teachers. They understand what is right and wrong. They have seen what has happened to our public schools since the [anti-]Liberals took office.
Tomorrow there will be a Day of Protest at the Victoria legislature. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend. However, I will be there in spirit, as will many other British Columbians.
Please, if you can… go to the Protest tomorrow. Support our teachers right to fight for better classroom conditions for our students! Support our teachers right to fight for more librarians and more special needs resources for our children! But most of all.. support our teachers right to fight for fair bargaining! Say no to “legislated” settlements. These settlements are not solutions.. they are part of the problem and only a cowardly government would use them.