Don’t condemn teachers for holiday breaks
Re: ‘Most employees do not receive three months off work to recharge,’ KTW Aug. 5:
I had to agree with a couple of Simon Mason’s assertions in his letter, wherein he corrected a couple of misconceptions on the part of Dawn Aziz, who had commented previously on the ongoing labour dispute between the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the provincial government.
He is correct in stating teachers working for the Kamloops-Thompson school district are paid, in the main, for 12 months’ service over a 10-month period.
That is why teachers on a continuing contract pay into EI but cannot collect it in the summer.
As well, Simon underlined the BCTF is on strike and not simply locked out, as was maintained by Aziz.
At this point, Mason and I begin to differ in opinion.
He stated many workers “would love three-plus months to recharge.”
Again, I have to agree, but rather than deride those who have an enviable work situation, I would applaud their foresight and energy and recognize the time and money spent to put themselves in such a position.
As well, Mason states he hopes teachers “have reflected during the summer on what they are teaching their children and grandchildren.”
I believe the message to our children is quite clear.
The citizens of our province have a right to quality public education and the BCTF and its members are prepared to fight to ensure that right is enjoyed by the citizens of B.C., even if it means short-term sacrifice for long-term goals.
Difficult times require difficult choices.
This is not an easy situation and there is no telling when or how this mess will be resolved.
In the meantime, let us remember there are at least two sides to this issue.
Apparently, Mason supports the B.C. Liberals. I support the BCTF in its effort to halt the deliberate erosion of quality public education in BC.