NSTU needs to sort out agenda
I find it very difficult to comprehend why the labour dispute between the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union (NSTU) and the provincial government had to come to legislation (Teacher’s Professional Agreement and Classroom Improvement Act).
I’d like to ask the 9,300 members of the strong and proud NSTU what options have you left to Premier Stephen McNeil and his government? Your executive, after all, recommended you accept three tentative agreements in the past several months.
Personally, I have great admiration for the work you do and I understand it is perhaps somewhat of a insult what you will get in wage increases over the duration of the newest contract. But I suggest that with the state of our economy some tough decisions had to be made and that was one of them.
In my opinion, however, wage increases are probably not your number one concern. If I was to guess mandatory computerization of marks and attendance, and national and international assessment testing, etc., would certainly have to be an issue. Perhaps its considered somewhat of an intrusion by a great many of your members, but from my standpoint, while certainly time consuming, these duties are necessary for the betterment of our education system in today’s world.
As for portraying the premier, who is certainly not on my Christmas card list, as a disrespectful bully, I, for one, am not buying it.
It seems to me that for decades now your executive has had their agenda and you, the true work force, have had an entirely different one. I suggest going forward you should make your agenda your number one concern.
All the best.