Landon Tulk, Dundas
“Hamilton public high school teachers have voted 95 per cent in favour of strike action if necessary to back their contract demands.”
Teachers have come to the conclusion that a strike may be necessary to back their contract demands. Teachers have been stripped of their collective bargaining rights, and many are outraged by this “death of democracy.”
Although this may seem like a serious problem, did you know the average secondary school teacher makes about $83,543…$37,458 above the average Canadian salary.
Teachers are also benefited with life insurance, dental insurance, cumulative sick leave, compassionate sick leave, maternity leave and sabbatical and study leave.
When it comes down to it, teachers are earning far more than the average Canadian does, with holiday/sick days and benefits that will keep them alive forever. The fact that educators are lobbying for increased salaries, more taxpayer dollars for elementary schools and better benefits is unbelievable.
Therefore, for these reasons I strongly believe we, as students and parents residing in Ontario, should not support the teacher’s’ choice to strike against our government.
Dalton McGuinty has concurred that a strong way to eliminate the $14.8 billion deficit in Ontario, is by implementing restraints on the education sector of our province.
On Sept. 11 2012, royal assent was granted for Bill 115. This is the first of many positive actions towards reducing Ontario’s debt. If the Hamilton-Wentworth school board wants to argue and protest their loss of collective bargaining due to this bill, let it be.
But when taxes are raised and inflation increases don’t ask yourself what all our taxes are funding, because teachers, our nation-builders, have fought hard for better salaries, when we are all aware they are making far too much already.