Wednesday, June 21, 2006

BCTF STRIKE II: $$$ Before Education

This summer's must see blockbuster will be the ongoing BCTF contract dispute which looks to open on July 1st and take us all on a dramatic roller-coaster ride of adventure into the early Fall season.
"That's right, this one is gonna be huge...HUGE!", Morty Monyfurst, BCTF business consultant exclaimed. "Jinny is so in the zone on this one...IN THE ZONE!"
And how. This week Jinny "Vader" Sims, President of the BCTF arrived for contract negotiations (as pictured above with her "team") prepared for battle. This time, she is determined to not have any leaks like she had before exposing her strike plans.
However, her plan does not seem to be working In the words of one of the greatest philosophers of our time: "Doh!".
This intrepid Poly has learned that the BCTF will pay the teachers their "signing bonus" should the BCTF force a strike since the Government kas stated the signing bonus will be off the table if the contract is not signed by June 30th...however, this will only really be a loan as the BCTF will be raising their union dues by three percentage points starting October 1st. This way, the BCTF will be "taking back" those "signing bonus" from the teachers in roughly three years time. This has led some people to suggest that the BCTF is bargaining in bad faith.
"Well of course that's that case my feathered friend," Morty exclaimed. "In this business it is called an advance...AN ADVANCE! It's gots to be paid back to Jinny...TO JINNY!"
On Monday, the BCTF moved from their outrageous demand of a 24% increase to their out-of-line hold-up of 19% over three years (7% - 6% - 6%)...Oh! And once you add in all the extras the BCTF is asking for such as more prep time, days off, additional benefits and enough money to finance the BCTF executive Viagra fund, their proposal is closer to the 42% range. In contrast, yesterday the Government countered with a 10% raise over four years (2.5% per year) which is in line with the other public service contracts settled with over 280,000 union members. The BCTF's wage plan will cost the taxpayers an additional $2 billion while the Government's plan is pegged at $600 million.
"Those are terrific projections....TERRIFIC!", Morty declared. "It's all about the money...THE MONEY! Add to this the number of people we will be screwing over and it will be huge...HUGE!"
That's true. Last year's illegal two week strike by the BCTF saw 4.5 million student days lost.
Morty squealed, "Sequels always do better...ALWAYS! So for this strike we are looking to top 10 million student days lost...10 MILLION! This will be huge...HUGE!"
To us here at the Poly, this does not make sense. Instead, if the BCTF go on another illegal "blockbuster" strike, perhaps the Province should consider fining this mob a base of $1 million plus $1 per student per strike day. This would certainly get their attention.
"That's not fair...NOT FAIR AT ALL!", Morty retorted like a victim from Kicked in the Nuts. "Some of those folks will not vote for the NDP...THE NDP! When we invest in students, all we ask for is blind, unquestioning loyalty...UNQUESTIONING LOYALTY!"
For another perspective, we turned to NDP Leader Carole James to see what she had to say about the ongoing BCTF salary neogotiations. "......................................."
Now THAT's a kick to the nuts.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

some social justice there . . .

stealing from your own union members

DO you think teachers are smart enough to figure out that they will be paying themselves a bonus with their own money ??

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger >>>The Student said...

The BCTF people are just plain stupid...And the teachers are stupid enought to follow and defend them. I SAY LOCK THEM OUT!!! Best solution ever....then fine them....

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 5:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please go on strike in September. Please, please, please

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 5:39:00 PM  
Blogger >>>The Student said...

Strike for what? So they can paralize the schools and the students again?

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 8:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Negotiations continue and the right of center crazies are at it again.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 9:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Dave Barrett said...

I find it interesting that even some members of the Victoria Press Gallery have been commenting that they don't believe the BCTF wants to settle before June 30th. This is sad because the teachers I have spoken to about two dozen tell me they would settle for 12% and the $3,700.00 a long way from the 19% plus an equal amount in additional benefits that the BCTF is currently asking for in their latest proposal. It is time for a reality check.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 10:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course some of the press gallery are telling us the union doesn't want to settle. it's the dog days of summer so they need something to write about. If nothing exciting is happening, invent it.

Then again Minsiter Bond is always willing to slag the teachers as well. Let's let the negotiating continue and we all expect the kids will be in school come fall, and the teachers will have a raise of around 15 percent.

Thursday, June 22, 2006 8:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"it's the dog days of summer"

Summer is just a few days old.

Sunday, June 25, 2006 9:46:00 PM  

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