Thursday, October 20, 2005
Teachers' Strike - Two Weeks Old & Starting to Smell
Zeenee is starting to worry now about her courses and how much she'll have to catch up on when they finally go back to school. Bella & Budgie are just bored. They're keeping up with their reading every day, but they miss their friends, their teachers, their school. The school was having a new playground built when the strike started...so it sits there, half finished, leaning oddly to one side...waiting for the cement footers to be put in so it can be completed and played on by these kids who have been expecting it since it was announced last spring that their junky yellow playground would be transformed...The construction workers are also union, so of course they won't be crossing the teachers' picket lines to finish it.

The teachers refuse to go back to work until the government talks to them. The government refuses to talk to them until they go back to work. So they sit at an impasse. The government has declared it an illegal strike and frozen the union's assets...no strike pay...like they were enjoying living on that 50 bucks a day anyways...stupid government...do you think you or me could get a bill passed in less than a year? They passed this one in less than a day...and Gordon Campbell calling the teachers criminals for disobeying the law...uhm, DUI in Maui ringing a bell with you Gordie?

The majority of support from people in the Province seems to be on the teachers' side though, so that's a good thing. I'm still honking at them!

Just hoping it will end soon...


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