Stick to principles in labour dispute

For those who believe that the B.C. government is bargaining in good faith with the striking teachers, this letter is for you.

Editor:

For those who believe that the B.C. government is bargaining in good faith with the striking teachers, this letter is for you.

All summer long I, like many others, waited for news that the teachers had reached a mediated settlement with the government.

It shocked me to learn that for two months, nothing happened.

And then, less than a week before schools are set to open, Education Minister Peter Fassbender finally agrees to a meeting!

Why did it take so long?

My hypothesis is that Minister Fassbender needed to undermine the swell of public opinion favouring the teachers’ stand on education.

By asking teachers to return to work during a two-week cooling-off period, Minister Fassbender has placed them in a potential lose-lose situation.

On the one hand, if teachers vote against a temporary return to work, then the Liberal government can throw up its hands in feigned frustration and say: “See! Those teachers aren’t serious about mediation.”

And, as typically happens, some of the softer supporters will be swayed by these dramatics, giving the media a new reason to vilify teachers.

On the other hand, the teachers could agree to open the schools during mediation.

This, in my opinion, would be foolish.

At first, parents would rejoice, believing that alternative arrangements for childcare could be cancelled.

But what if there is no settlement in two weeks?

Would teachers dare to walk out again, forcing parents to re-make the arrangements they had cancelled a short time before?

Public opinion favouring the teachers would tank.

So teachers, what is it going to be?

If asked to accept a two-week cooling-off period in exchange for what might well be a bogus agreement to mediate, please vote “NO.”

Stick to principles.  Remember: “KIDS MATTER! TEACHERS CARE.”

Loyd Csizmadia

Lake City Secondary,

Williams Lake, B.C.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Avalanche Canada has issued a special avalanche warning for the Cariboo Mountains effective through the weekend. (Wes Gregg photo)
The city of Williams Lake has received provincial funding for a proposed boardwalk connecting the RC Cotton Trail to the River Valley Recreational Trail. (City of Williams Lake rough visualization of the proposal)
$550,000 provincial funding announced for Williams Lake boardwalk trail

The boardwalk will connect the new RC Cotton Trail to the river valley

100 Mile RCMP Staff-Sgt. Svend Nielsen. (Patrick Davies photo, 100 Mile Free Press).
100 Mile RCMP investigate theft at airport hangar, 88 other incidents

Incident is one of 89 calls attended by police from Feb. 17 to 23.

Williams Lake city council is interested in acquiring the former Poplar Glade School property on Eleventh Avenue. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake city council sets sights on two former school properties

School District said there is a five-step process for property disposal

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Bryan Adams with his mom, Jane Adams Clark, at Lions Gate Hospital. (Bryan Adams)
Bryan Adams gives shout out to North Shore hospital

The singer’s mom was in Lions Gate Hospital for care

Shoppers will be able to get their hands on signed bottles of Ryan Reynolds’ new gin at B.C. liquor stores this summer. (Twitter/Ryan Reynolds)
Ryan Reynold’s new Aviation Gin autographed and coming to B.C. stores

This summer 100 bottles will be available to the public for purchase across five B.C. liquor stores

An official investigation will be launched after VPD officers were recorded posing near a dead body at Third Beach on Wednesday morning, Feb. 24. (Screen grab/Zachary Ratcliff)
VIDEO: Vancouver officers under review for allegedly laughing, taking pictures next to dead body

Two officers were caught on video by a local beachgoer Wednesday morning in Stanley Park

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
‘Stay local’: Dr. Henry shoots down spring break travel for British Columbians

B.C. is reportedly working with other provincial governments to determine March break policies

“Our biggest challenge has been the amount of vaccine,” said FNHA acting chief medical officer Dr. Shannon McDonald. (First Nations Health Authority Facebook photo)
All First Nations on reserve to be vaccinated by end of March: First Nations Health Authority

Vaccinations continuing for B.C. First Nations amid shortages

(Delta Police Department photo)
B.C. youth calls 911 after accruing $7K in online gaming charges

‘Police spoke with the student about appropriate times to call 911’

Site C will go ahead, one year later and $5.3 billion more, the NDP announced Feb 26. (BC Hydro image)
B.C. NDP announces Site C will go ahead with new $16B budget

Reviews recommend more oversight, beefed up foundation stability work

Most Read