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Questioning anything that goes against the teacher union
mantra will land you in a heap of trouble be you a teacher or blogger. For
example, the mantra that teachers don't get paid for the summer is disingenuous
at best.At teacher making $60 K a year gets 10 pays @ 6K per month (tied into
the months in the classroom) and not 12 pays of 5 K per month (which would
include the summer months).Same pay!
Another myth is the fight over Bill 115
and its undemocratic imposition.It seems forgotten is what happened in 2007,
when then Education Minister Kathlyn Wynn gave the teacher unions the ultimatum,
acccept a 3% per year for 4 years wage increase by Nov 1, 2007 or get 0.This was
at the start of a nasty recession and almost all teacher unions quickly signed
up because after all money talks and to hell with collective bargaining.One
union ETFO held out for more and wouldn't sign by the deadline.Ultimately facing
an extended deadline and the threat of %0 they signed at the reduced rate of 2%
per year for 4 years.Is it any wonder they walked away from the current
negotions after 1 hour. The starting point for any negotiation with this union
is the lost 1%. No wonder they are the most militant of all the teacher
unions.Saying its about democracy is just an outright smoke screen for the real
There. I've slagged teachers and don't understand the tough job they
Salary figures cited above have not been challenged, So,,,they are likely accurate.
Here's something else to think about.
Increases in wage costs for fire protection will go up by one point something million, this year.
Aurora and Newmarket employ 289 people in that department.
Fire protection represents 25% of the budget
Base rate for a firefighter is $100.000 a year.
Shifts are organised so that they spend twenty-four hour days at the firehall, sleeping,eating, playing darts,billiards, waiting for calls.
The rest of the time, they operate businesses or have second full-time jobs.
I told you about the Toronto firefighter whose wife is a flight attendant. They live in Vancouver. He does his shift in Toronto and commutes to Vancouver. He doesn't even pay taxes in yhe city or contribute to the economy from his generous compensation.
Firefighters don't have to negotiate. Both parties are subject to arbitration.
In the last term when I was a member of the Fire committee, no contract was signed. Four years.
On one occasion, the increase was paid in advance of signing the contract, because it was Christmas.
When the Fire Chief presented his budget this year, I asked for a compartors. . He said it costs $145. a year for every man woman and child for fire protection.
It costs $270. for every man woman and child for police protection.Their contracts are also arbitrated.
When unions bargain, they know every comparator in the public sector. .
I heard a figure mentioned last week,of 126,000 elementary school teachers in the Province.
Those numbers influence politicians.
Police,firefighters, doctors and nurses compensation influence teacher demands. .
Not for nothing did the Honourable Dalton Mc Guinty boast of labour peace during his tenure.
It's not hard when everything demanded is given
While it is, people at the bottom are squeezed dry and have to resort to food banks and live in completely inadequate, unsafe, housing because there's no money left for social housing either.
The Honorable Hudac , Leader of Provincial Conservatives,
contemplates privatizing the Liquor Control Board which provides the revenue for horrendous cost of operating hospitals.
It's not reasonable to expect the Honorable Andrea Horvath
to be on the opposite side of organised labour.
We all know what they did to Bob Rae. Don't we ?
They didn't drive him out of politics. They drove him into the arms of the Liberal Party.
So who does that leave ?
Just thee and me. .