Wages, benefits teachers’ issues

Re: Teachers’ rally a reminder of ongoing battle, Nov. 17.

To the Editor,

Re: Teachers’ rally a reminder of ongoing battle, Nov. 17.

It seems amazing that teachers can actually say funding is the main cause for the job action when in fact it is improved wages and benefits that is the main stumbling block in getting a deal done.

The courts have said that they are not going to get involved in the class size and structure argument. It is up to the teachers and the school boards to get this figured out.

By not doing certain administrative and supervisory tasks, the teachers are in fact in breach of their contract.

Why can they do this without penalty? Because our children are suffering without proper feedback and the parents are left in the dark about their children’s progress the lack of reporting is disgraceful.

Funding is only the top concern because more funding could result in more wages and benefits. Many people working in the province haven’t had a raise in quite a while.

If the teachers are really concerned, then take wages and benefits off the table and make concrete proposals to discuss the other matters.

J. Sharpe

Nanaimo

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