More teachers should have rejected contract

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I was disappointed that only 73 percent of Saskatchewan’s over 12,000 teachers voted down a contract offer from the government.

Teachers were offered an insulting four-year agreement of 1.375 per cent per year.  This is on top of teachers accepting a less than cost of living settlement for a three-year retroactive contract in 2011 and point six of a percent (.006) over five years during the 1990s.  

One wonders whether the 27 percent of teachers numbering approximately 3,200 who vote for this measly contract offer can manage even fundamental mathematics, and can actually calculate anything.  Or maybe they just like being treated like second-class employees, unvalued and easily intimidated.  Or maybe they just don’t care much anymore.

Dennis Hall - Saskatoon

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

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