Friday, October 21, 2005

Interesting developments today...

1.Vince Ready's recommendations: not exactly what teachers were looking for. They highlight the fact that the contract imposed by Bill 12 is up in June 2006, which means we'll be back at the bargaining table again in March. Here we go again...

2. Jinny Sims' conditional acceptance of Ready's recommendations. She wants written guarantees from this government, not just talk. Of course, we thought our contracts were written guarantees, too...

3. Gordon Campbell essentially flipping the bird at teachers: He took a nice little dig by saying that teacher's shouldn't consider this a victory, making a point of telling everyone that this "deal" isn't going to cost the government anything, it will just come out of the millions of dollars he's saved by not having to pay the teachers over the last two weeks. Well good for him. In Campbell's speech, he talks about his experience as a teacher himself. SCOFF, SPUTTER, *eyes rolling around in my head* Don't tell ME he has education's best interests in mind. Hogwash!

4. Jim Sinclair backs off professed support of teachers: Even before anyone had even SEEN the recommendations, Sinclair stepped down his support of teachers, calling off the BC Fed's involvement in the rally, and refusing to talk to Jinny Sims until a vote was held. I can't tell you how many teachers are FURIOUS over this.

5. Brenda Brown's fine on the BCTF: Considerably less than we thought it was going to be, actually.

6. Class Action lawsuits pending: Yes, taxpayers pay for a service that they didn't receive. But whose responsibility is it to provide that service? We would not be in this situation if the government had not "abused their legislative authority" (as stated by the government's own lawyers) and had actually sat down and negotiated with teachers.

7. Upcoming vote... will teachers really be back to work on Monday?

I'd like to write more on each of these things, but I've GOT to get away from all this for a while. It's making me crazy!

What a day.


Blogger PelaLusa said...


Gordon Campbell's mugshot along with all the others? Not very classy of you.


P.S. You spelled "recommendations" wrong.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Hillary said...

While we're playing spelling police, you've been spelling my name wrong.

8:17 PM  
Blogger bunderwo said...

OK gotta comment now and I'll try and keep it respectful, but I'm sick and tired of this strike! Sorry to pick on you Hillary, but of all the blogs I've read on this issue your's are the best.

As I said, I've been reading a lot of blogs from Teachers over the past few weeks and I can't get over how full of yourselves you all are. Like you're the only ones who have the interest of kids at heart. I have two kids, who are not in school right now, not getting the education that they deserve. I volunteer at my kids school doing physical activites with all of the kids (coaching running and mini-rugby). I feel we as parents have just as much of an interest in our kids education as teachers do, probably more! Do teachers have valuable insight to provide into learning conditions in our classrooms? Of course they do. Are they the only voice, no they are not!

So when the government comes up with the idea of a Learning Roundtable, where all of the interested parties can sit down and discuss issues related to learning conditions, I think it is a positive step, that should not be dismissed out of hand by the BCTF. Stakeholder consultation makes for good public policy.

Furthermore, everyone else in the public sector has suffered zeros under this fiscal mandate for the past four years. In the Public Service, we suffered huge staff cuts to boot. I lost two jobs, but bounced around through bumping. What makes teachers think they should be treated any differently from other public servants in terms of salary increases. At least you got something over the last few years! We've been falling behind cost of living.

In my opinion, Mr. Ready's recommendations are balanced and provide wins for both sides. Does it fix everything? No it doesn't, but there is some process in place (Industrial Inquiry Commission) that can work to fix other problems later. In the end though teachers' have won the game of chicken and the government has veered off the road. I really hope you will vote to accept the recommendations and put our kids back in school.

Anyway, sorry to dump on you. I just want this strike to be over and it seems like a large majority of teachers may vote "no" this weekend, so I'm frustrated. In truth, a lot of the education issues teachers' raise resonate with the public and with me, but if you reject these recommendations, I think you will see public support slip very fast!

Good luck with your franchise.


11:10 PM  
Blogger Hillary said...

Thanks for you comments, Brad. You've got some very good points. I'm taking the weekend off (or at least mostly off) from strike stuff, mostly for my own sanity, but I'll reply to your comments and some others later.

As far as the vote goes, I think we'll probably be back on Monday, but I highly doubt it will be a landlside "yes" vote.

I'm awfully sick of this stike, too, and want to be back at work. I greatly appreciate all the work and sacrifice parents have made over the last two weeks. I know it hasn't been easy.

12:47 AM  
Blogger Josef said...


Sinclair went cowboy - to be polite - because Smits royally disrespected Vince Ready last Thursday by releasing her recommendations ahead of his report.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Josef said...

Aah, that's Jenny Sims - not Smits.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Hillary said...

Yeah, I was wondering about that! :P

I think it was a good thing she did that. These weren't contract negotiations of the typical sense, and I think it was good to show the public that teachers really are willing to talk. Again I say we wouldn't be here if the governemnt had bargained in the first place.

What's done is done. We'll just see how the vote goes. With the BCTF reccommending teachers vote yes, I'm sure we'll all be back at work on Monday, but bargaining's not done. I'll be very interested how the rest of this plays out.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Josef said...

Me too.

I chatted up the BC CTF head yesterday and she fully intends to press on w/ the litigation. I also told her we in WA St. on both sides of the aisle will be watching very, very closely. We also have much easier class action laws than you do...

Also I hope the Premier gets the underlying message from Mike Smyth tonight: Time to change tactics, too.

All ze best as always...

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Charles Menzies said...

Don't lose hope. What teachers have done is amazing. Personally, I would recommend a no vote. However, I also realize how difficult this is for all teachers and for those of us standing on the 'outside' it is always easier to give advice.

All the say, way to go teachers!

Charles Menzies

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So hillary '

When a student says to you,why should I not smoke pot simply because it is against a law(which many feel is bad) when it was OK for you to break the law how will you answer. And please don't feed me that crap that it was a civil protest. The courts said 3 different times you were breaking the law. So thats a GREAT example to set for the kids. Just ignore the rule of law-the mainstay of a democracy.

What role models!!!

Horny Toad

10:17 PM  
Blogger Clint said...

People who comment anonymously annoy me to no end...If you feel so strongly about the issue then leave your comment as well as your name and e-mail address, perhaps even your blog address...allow the opportunity for others to see what else you have to see when you aren't being rude in comments here.

As for the guy who pointed out the spelling, you're cool...I wanna be just like you when I grow up.

Hillary...some things are worth fighting for...stay focused and stick to your beleifs.

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, sorry about that "CLINT"-big time oil man for the United States. Funny, but my name is Clint too.

There, is that better.

Horny Toad(Clint)

8:21 AM  
Blogger John said...

dear horny toad,

if i was a teacher and a student asked me why they shouldn't smoke pot, i would reply, because its stupid. It will lower your immune system, decrease your synaptic power, as well as your motivation, and eventually give you lung cancer. You shouldn't do it because its stupid. the same reason they shouldn't be smoking or drinking.

however if they choose to make stupid choices sometime later in their life, its not my business, and even less so my responsiblity.

i am not a teacher, but if i was i would refuse to take responsiblity for a former student, or current students stupid actions. would i try to help a current student who made some poor life decisions? yes. If our society does not blame the parents, then its ridiculous to blame their teacher.

11:46 AM  

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