NSTU needs to sort out agenda

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL - Al­bert (Lefty) Fraser Syd­ney

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.

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