Thursday, January 3, 2013

Teachers, Y'all Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

Ontario Legislative Building - Toronto
Ontario Legislative Building - Toronto (Photo credit: Al_HikesAZ)

 The Government of Ontario recently imposed a two year wage freeze on teachers and cut back the number of allotted sick days. Not given the right to negotiate, teachers' unions staged a number of one day strikes across the province in December.  Labour unrest continues.


Worried about the labour strife between the teachers' union and the provincial government?

Hate to be Mrs. Doom-and-Gloom here, but you ain't seen nothing yet.

The global financial markets are melting down faster than a Fukushima
power plant

and thinking that it won't affect Canada is like thinking you can
exchange bodily fluids with Typhoid Mary and not get sick.

Sooner or later the government is going to roll back wages for teachers
and all public service workers.

Roll them back big time.

And when it happens it won't be pretty.

 I'd like to think the unions will prepare workers for their choice:

accept  massive pay cuts or massive layoffs.

But it isn't the mandate of the unions to read the writing on the wall.


It is the job of an aging Cassandra wailing in the bloggy wilderness.







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Jane said...

I've read that if the actual number of hours a teacher worked each week were factored into their salary - their hourly wage would be abysmal.

I didn't know a thing about 'Cassandra' and found this quite an interesting read.

Magaly Guerrero said...

After reading Jane comment, I would love to see how they would actually come up with a figure. I've taught... and you put a lot of hours. And anyone who wants to pay only for actual face-to-face teaching is freaking insane. And the thought of them paying for grading, crafting lesson plans, going to meetings... well, that would be rather interesting.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Well, I've never thought that teachers were paid fairly, or given the respect they deserve. I shudder to think what will become of education if this fine profession is passed over by young people studying and preparing for future jobs. Who wants to choose a career where you're treated so badly?

The Episcopagan said...

That's an important point Martha. I hadn't thought of it but it is very true.

Introverted Art said...

It amazes me that teachers get no respect... they prepare the future generation for those fine executive jobs that pay lots of money...Like Martha said, who would want to be a teacher?

Pandorah's Box said...

Something is definitely looming...I hope it works out for the good guy here, but maybe I'm just being naive??