Letters to the Editor

BC teachers have it pretty good

To the Editor,

The B.C. Teachers Federation says there are more than 41,000 school teachers in the federation. Strike vote results from March 6, show that only 29,301 teachers voted with 26,051 voting yes for strike action.

This leaves 14,949 teachers or 36.46 per cent of the BCTF that seem to be happy with the way things are.

The way things are is that the average  teacher wage in B.C. is $89,000 per year ($70,624 in wages, $18,000 in benefits), two weeks off at Christmas, a two-week spring break, lieu days, a pension plan, having the months of July and August off, and a taxpayer funded benefits plan.

With the Alberta teachers federation’s recent four-year contract with only a two per cent pay raise in the fourth year with a cash bonus, and with the announcement that Staples will be closing 225 stores, these 14,949 seem to be saying “things are great the way they are; we are lucky to be working.”

Joe Sawchuk,

Duncan

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