The Teachers Union Concern Was Always the Union Dues

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  • Both sides did a terrible job of telling the public the cost benefit of anything they proposed . Both sides did a terrible job of explaining the “students ” world and how it would improve .The COMPROMISE to take the Principals out of the union so they would truly be management is now a mess . Where else does Management pay union dues ?? The NSTU bluffed MacNeil and won financially , by $800,000 a year and to a large degree they are still in control of the whole “personnel” side employed in Education . Even worse, the PC party was just not even able to find a way to offer a counter proposal , so the NDP and NSTU just steam roller-ed over 90% of the MLA’s as 99% of them were totally silent . Now let’s see the new “HQ organization” and who gets to fill those jobs , especially the top 2 or 3 layers. Interesting,
    though all this , there was never any mention of one senior bureaucrat .

    Peter S | March 3, 2018 | Reply

  • To Blair Tobin
    Well said!

    Bill | March 3, 2018 | Reply

  • It seems abundantly clear that Teachers were most concerned about recommendations that impacted their union first and any concern about impact on students in classroom were a distant second. Government eliminates the new College and allows Union to still collect dues from principals and , all of a sudden, no strike is needed. Those two items have virtually no impact on students in the classroom so that tells one a lot regarding where Union priorities really lie. Sadly there is little indication that Government has the students primary in their thoughts either. They want total control (similar to Health) with no intention of consulting or listening to anyone. Sad State !

    Blair Tobin | March 3, 2018 | Reply

  • About Dues ? Probably . ‘Due’ up next though, is inclusion – which is what the flap has been about . Or, do we mean intrusion – into the classrooms of today?

    If daycare is what public schooling has been moving progressively toward, what of those needing to get a globally competitive education? And, I wouldn’t count on populist parents for better ideas .

    The students need to learn that school like life: is a matter ‘passing’ . Educators interested in “all about the children” need to lift the bar. Intrusions ? Get a grip, “now or never” !

    Gordon a.... | March 2, 2018 | Reply