GREED GETS THEM EVERY TIME
Brian Lilley gets his information from an anti-everything-Liberal group, especially anti-labour (“Riding the gravy train,” Nov. 28). Don’t despair, Brian, people who make more money always pay more of the “bills.” This is a case of greedy employers who, with the help of the provincial government, oppress workers. Think contract, part-time and temp workers with no benefits.
Grand Valley, Ont.
(Those “greedy” employers you refer to are the job creators)
BEER LEAGUE GOALIE
Now that Kyle Dubas has the coach in place that he has wanted all along, and is up against the US$81.5-million salary cap, maybe he could try looking in a beer league for another backup goalie — which is where Michael Hutchinson should be.
(The Leafs can’t seem to get all parts of the team working well at the same time)
MONEY MONEY MONEY
As a retired school administrator, I have been following with more than passing interest the current contract talks between the province and its teachers. My observation is that the teacher unions are promulgating much misinformation, including the old chestnut that it’s all about the kids and not the money. The fact is pretty much all issues on the table involve money. Whether it’s wage increases, class size, benefits or preparation time, they all cost money. While the government is determined to “right size” educational spending with a declining student population and fiscal realities, the teacher unions are holding students hostage in pursuit of ever-increasing demands.
(None of this is shocking. This is the tactic the unions use each and every time)
WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT TEACHERS
Those of us who have gotten down and dirty in a Third World marketplace may recognize the negotiating strategy being employed by the Ontario government in their talks with the province’s teachers. Typically, the first offer is absurdly high. We’ll increase your workload (class sizes) 27%, thereby eliminating 10,000 teaching positions AND we’ll cut your remuneration by limiting your pay increase to less than inflation. The second offer often cuts the first one in half in an effort to appear reasonable, but half of absurd is often still absurd. The real problem with negotiations is that the Doug Ford government believes addressing the deficit requires that the education budget be cut. It doesn’t matter to them that kids and families will be the ones who ultimately pay the price. Whether it’s short term, as in a strike action or long term as in fewer teachers, fewer course choices, fewer repairs on aging schools, it all impacts kids. In this era of increased violence and mental health issues in schools, reduced funding of education makes no sense. Premier Ford draws comfort in the fact that he can enact back-to-work legislation should the teachers strike. The last time that happened, the teachers returned to work but challenged the Ontario government in the Supreme Court of Canada. The teachers won that case. If the same legislation is passed by this Progressive Conservative government, the teachers may not return to the classroom, justifiably. Teachers deserve your support.
(Have a read of what Dennis had to say, it makes sense)