Thursday, June 19, 2014
Parent Sides with Teachers
An open letter
to Christie Clark and Peter Fassbender
Submitted by Natalie Cameron, Chilliwack
a parent in BC I am saddened by the actions of our BC government.
The government must show and demonstrate honour, respect and
integrity in moving forward to reach a deal with our teachers who
need to be valued, appreciated and respected.
I ask where is your empathy towards public education when your child
attends private school - every child deserves equal opportunity.
Nothing’s more important than giving our children a quality
But too many children are still in crowded classrooms and are
receiving less of the one-on-one attention they need.
After 16 months at the bargaining table and advocating for smaller
classes, more one-on-one time for all students, especially those
with special needs, and a fair salary increase after four years of
zero, we still see a government refusing to move forward for either
teachers or students.
In fact, in its latest counter proposal, the government has moved
Teachers revised their bargaining proposals and reduced their salary
demands because the government said the wage proposals were a
stumbling block at the bargaining table.
Shockingly, the government
responded by reducing its wage offer. And the government has put
even more roadblocks in the way of improving class size and
classroom supports for kids.
The government squandered an opportunity and turned its back on BC
Teachers are calling on Minister Fassbender and Premier Christy
Clark to return to the bargaining table with proposals that will
work for BC students and teachers.
And I couldn't agree more.
The BC Supreme Court has ruled not once but twice that the
government illegally stripped collective agreements that provide
contractual guarantees for smaller classes and more specialist
Teachers do not take job action lightly, but they do need to stand
up for themselves, our kids, and for public education.
Mr. Fassbender and Premier Clark, it's time to move forward, not
back. It's up to you to bring the needed resources to the table to
reach a fair deal for teachers that provides better support for
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