This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Premier’s meddling derailed respectful tone of current negotiations
This week,I welcomed Brent Stafford to the Duel as we take on the question : Is a 10-year deal with the teachers’ union good for B.C.?
This week, I’d like to welcome Brent Stafford to the Duel, and wish him the best of luck. This week we take on yet another one of Premier Christy Clark’s Fantasy Island solutions for the province. This time, it’s the proposed 10-year contract Clark wants for teachers, which has predictably surfaced again post-election.
Like many parents, I have experienced up close the impact of labour disputes between the teachers and employers. So have my children. I don’t agree with some of the tactics that have been used by teachers and the union in past disputes — in particular not filling out report cards, which is the only indicator many parents have of how their child is performing in school. Many people agree with me on that point, whether they are parents or not. Clearly it is our children who suffer when job action escalates.
The B.C. Teachers’ Federation has historically been seen to work on an agenda that isn’t always supported by its own members. Recognizing that there had to be a better way to conduct bargaining and negotiations, teachers and the BC Public School Employers’ Association sat down and agreed upon a respectful framework to continue talks. It appeared to be going well — until Clark told the employers to toss out everything and push for a 10-year contract. It’s Clark’s way, or the highway, and it changes the current respectful tone of negotiations to one that’s clearly confrontational.
Read the rest of this week’s column, and vote for who you think shoud win at http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/06/02/premiers-meddling-derailed-respectful-tone-of-current-negotiations