It’s Not About Working Conditions Now

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  • Education is a function of government that has to be managed in a more businesslike manner . You need measurement and you need quality control . There is neither in Education, at the school level or the university level. Schools are supposed to educate, yet. parents and politicians want the schools to be in the feed the children business, provide the sports business , administer to the disabled business, be open almost 12 hours every day and also provide door to door transportation , as well , which are tasks that should be done by staff , but not always a teacher or be dependent on a teacher. Just who is management in the school system?? There is no management in the school itself actually , the only management is in a Board office. Look for what is measured on the provincial web site and you’ll find nothing . Government made this about money by starting with wage controls on salaries but not cost controls on it’s operations while the Premier hires communications staff basically breaking all the hiring competition rules and salary rules .

    Peter S | December 3, 2016 | Reply

  • Betty, Thanks for the question.

    The government release provided the following information:
    Currently, the highest teacher salary is $92,286. The starting salary for most teachers is $51,711.
    In addition to the wage increases included in the tentative agreements, the newest teachers, those not already at the top of their scale (about 40% of teachers), continue to receive pay increases in the range of 4 per cent to 5 per cent per year for their first nine years in the profession.

    The majority of Nova Scotia teachers are on one of two salary scales, one ranging from $51,711 to $73,804 and the other ranging from $57,833 to $82,335.
    The average salary is based on a mix of licenses and step increases. The average teacher salary for all eight school boards is $ 76,133”

    I invited the union to advise if they disagreed and they did not choose to do so. The salary range is what is in the current contract and the average makes sense to me in relation to those.

    It is hard to pin down exactly where that sits relatively but I looked at a number of sources. None of them is perfect.

    This chart:

    shows that in 2014 out of 720,750 income recipients in Nova Scotia there were 91,200 (or 12.6%) who made $75,000 or more which is very close to the average teacher salary in Nova Scotia. In other words Nova Scotia teachers are higher than 87.4% of Canadians.

    Add to that our teacher pensions and benefits are far richer than the private sector and that Nova Scotia average incomes are less than Canada’s, and I think a case could be made our teachers are in the top 10% within the province.

    I chose to use top 15% to be sure.

    Hope this helps.

    Bill Black | December 3, 2016 | Reply

  • I saw your article on the dispute between teachers and government and how it comes down to money. It was posted on a FB page in support of teachers and many were saying the average teacher’s salary you stated is incorrect. I would love to see you post something that shows that it is accurate. I would love to see them share that. Thanks.

    Betty | December 3, 2016 | Reply

  • Mr. McNeil should reverse his offer. Give the three percent in the first two or three years and nothing in the last 2 and he might get reelected.

    frank | December 2, 2016 | Reply

  • Sorry- meant Prem McNeil (so little difference)
    Was humming Kenny Rogers hit “Coward of the County” as I was typing as lost track of time

    Bill | December 2, 2016 | Reply

  • It’s hard to respect either side in what has suggestions of untrustworthy bargaining having taken place over many months. If, however, we are going to be law-and-orderly, is there some failure of our law? Perhaps this is a failure of our legislature. Certainly the education system (all over the continent) is in some sort of disorder; and if that sector won’t reform itself, where should the responsibility rest?

    Are the teachers in effect saying, that if they must carry on in this disorder, it will take the monitary settlement demanded?

    I think the majority of Nova Scotians want the system reformed; and we recognize that the teachers can’t take over the system; so who will?
    (Not that it is anywhere near equivalent, but in the 1980s I recall President Reagan putting down air traffic controllers who were taking out their frustrations on an innocent public, as an example ‘who Will’ .)

    Gordon a.... | December 2, 2016 | Reply

  • There comes a time when even the most weak-willed,(and many other descriptive words) must take a stand.
    Premier McLean–your time has come.
    Lock them out.

    Bill | December 2, 2016 | Reply