So much for positive and conciliatory

Re: Teachers show disrespect (Letters, NewsLeader, May 30)

Gavin Palmer says the stand teachers have taken is “selfish, self serving and disrespectful towards students and the people of B.C.”

And he finishes by saying, “Let’s move forward in a positive and conciliatory manner and be realistic about what is important and reasonable for the benefit of all.”

He appears to believe the only problem is with the above-described teachers. Successful negotiators would never be successful if they were to begin  negotiations with those types of insulting comments.

It should be noted that Mr. Palmer did not list any specifics, only generalizations.

Among other things, he neglected to note that the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled twice in favour of teachers with regard to class sizes, which of course is one of the major negotiating points.

As well, the court awarded the B.C. Teachers Federation damages of $2 million.  Therefore, one must guess that Mr. Palmer has no regard for the decisions of the Supreme Court of B.C. Nor did he attempt to compare B.C. teachers’ salaries with any other jurisdiction in Canada. Nor to compare with any other professions requiring six years of post-graduate education.

What a pity Mr. Palmer believes its all the fault of the teachers.

So much for “move forward in a positive and conciliatory manner” etc.

Donald Smith

(non teacher)

New Westminster

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