Teachers asking for too much

Re: Teachers demand extra leave, July 12.

To the Editor,

Re: Teachers demand extra leave, July 12.

I had to read your article regarding the BCTF demands several times as I couldn’t believe anyone would be bold enough to ask for six months’ paid leave to look after ‘any’ person (not even a relative) or two weeks paid leave on the death of any friend or relative (I gather they already get one week).

All this on top of the three months or so paid vacation they enjoy now.

Why don’t we just pay them their full salary to stay home and contemplate how tough their life is and how easy it must be for other people. Obviously, they couldn’t care less about the extra burden on the taxpayers who fund these grand schemes.

Maybe they should consider getting out of teaching altogether and try being self-employed.

I start at zero every day and if I don’t make a sale, I end up at zero at the end of the day.  I can take a vacation any time I feel like it, but the money stops too.

When I retire, it is all on my own savings, not an extra five-per cent payout for every year I have worked. Don’t get me wrong, I get to plan my own life and I enjoy every day.

Sorry BCTF, the taxpayers are maxed out. Maybe you will just have to tighten your belts.

Andy Norgaard

Nanaimo