Time for teachers to accept deal

Refusing generous offer only serves to show their greed

Dear editor,

Perhaps Nick Moore (VP/bargaining chair, Comox District Teachers’ Association) can tell us how the teachers have been forced to take job action: Have police been sent to break up picket lines? Is the government about to pass a new law inhibiting their job action?

No, it is just a mealy-mouthed remark like the other one they use “we are doing it for the kids,” when it is all about money, with a few wants about the kids put in to try to cover up the fact that it is about money.

Moore says they want a deal.

They have a deal, a good deal too, but turned it down and are demanding an obscene increase in pay, and with job action affecting the children, are blackmailing the government into giving way.

The thing is, I cannot afford to pay for this obscene increase, and it all comes down to the taxpayer in the end.

I am a retired person living on a fixed income and just about able to make ends meet and if the obscene increase was granted it would be passed on to me and many others in my situation in the Valley and the province.

It is all very well to moan that Albertans get more than us.

So?

It is a richer province – and anyway teachers can always migrate to Alberta for the bigger pay packet.

The union should drop this greedy demand, because that is what it is, and accept the government offer and get back to normal working.

John Butle

Courtenay

 

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