Reader rips Fletcher over teachers' contracts
To the Editor,
Re: New season for B.C.’s ‘school wars’, B.C. Views, Jan. 31.
Only two of six completed contracts have been legislated on teachers under provincial bargaining (Three were concluded with out strikes).
The first in 2002 was due to the illegal stripping of class size and composition clauses. It comes as a surprise and you blame the BCTF for not signing that year? The second in 2005 was over the same illegal contract stripping. Are we to assume that when the government acts illegally the BCTF should just say thank you and sign whatever is presented?
What the two legislated contracts had in common, is both happened under the “Fiberals”.
From his opinion piece “….have convinced the BCTF to stop misrepresenting costs.” It was in fact the BCPSEA that costed the benefit requests as if every teacher was going to use every benefit to the fullest every year. That does not happen now, why would it with a new contract?
For example many teachers retire every year with hundreds of sick days not used and not “cashed” in.