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  1. My expectation would be a salary of between 100 and two hundred thousand a year, teacher or not. Teachers should be on the higher side of that. Ironically, I have a masters degree and over thirty years experience but as an artist people would expect my salary to be next to nothing – and it is.


  2. Norm, trying again:

    G. Barry Stewart, perhaps some of the old campaigners can remind younger teachers about the “Apple Campaign”:

    From the BCTF website:

    “During the first 50 years of our history (1917–1967), there is no evidence of any organizational intervention by the BCTF in the electoral processes of the province. As a teacher organization we had a close working relationship with the Department of Education and the government of the day. However, the Federation’s role was most often subordinate and non-critical. That changed in the 1969 election when the BCTF, on the heels of its “Over 40” campaign, geared to raise public concern about large class sizes, ran its “Apple Campaign,” granting an apple designation to education- friendly candidates.

    This electoral action debut was followed by a dramatic intervention in the subsequent 1972 election when then BCTF president Adam Robertson publicly declared that “We won’t live with it.” He was referring to changes introduced by the Social Credit government of the day, changes that would: restrict a school district’s ability to raise revenue (they had the right to levy local taxes then); chip away at teacher tenure rights; and impose a government ceiling on teacher-arbitrated wage settlements (local bargaining). Teachers were opposed to the government’s actions and strongly supported their organization’s move to influence the upcoming election by calling for the defeat of that government. Thousands of teachers responded by working for opposition parties in that election. The government was defeated.”
    July Morning


  3. July Morning, thanks for that historical reference.

    Great… now teacher-bashers are going to blame us for ICBC and the ALR, LOL!


  4. – First posted May 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM, reposted to correct typo –

    Thanks for the support, Norm! I was wondering when the blogosphere was going to touch on the issue. Laila Yuile debated it this week as well.

    There is an excellent editorial floating around the Black Press papers this week. I won't copy-paste it all — but the closing sentence put it very well: “If something isn’t done to bring some rationality into teacher talks, we’re looking at a future where educators watch the clock rather than attend their duties, both paid and unpaid, and that would be a great loss.”

    Rain or shine, we've been out on the sidewalk in front of our school at recess and lunch this week, as we have been forbidden to do any work at these breaks… basically modified “house arrest.” Our administration has been amazingly kind and supportive through it all. Our beef is not with them at all.

    Our district had its strike day on Monday. No one was surprised that the missed day was already taken off our paycheque for May 30 — but most were shocked/angered when we looked at our on-line pay stubs on Tuesday and saw that the 10% partial lock-out wage reduction was already taken off for the rest of the week. District payroll had been ordered to do this, even though the LRB hearing had not taken place. It would have been far more appropriate to wait to see if their inflammatory jab was upheld. But no: they wanted to poke us in the eye, then kick us on the shin before the cops arrived.

    Most of my teaching days are behind me, so I can roll with the punches… but Christy and her henchmen are doing great damage to the younger teachers, who will be in the system for many years.


  5. – First posted May 31, 2014 at 2:43 AM, reposted to keep with revised comment above –

    Keep your eyes here because I expect to post an extended article about the current education mess. It is written by a person who is a school teacher and a parent. Not a union activist, this individual faults actions on both sides and, most of all, worries that the system is degrading steadily and the quality of learning is less than it could be and less than it needs to be to meet future challenges in a world that grows steadily more competitive.

    I think it is a very thoughtful piece that needs to be read by all. I hope it can be posted by Monday morning.


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