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Hollow Claim

Published in the Barrie Advance
22 March 2006
I do appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations.

However, I find the college teachers’ claim that hey are concerned about students, and would prefer to be in the classroom right now, to ring a little hollow.

If they really were concerned about students possibly losing their year, incurring more debt from being forced to take extra semesters, and losing out on well-paying summer jobs because they have to attend summer school, then they would be in the classrooms right now.

I think teacher in all public educati0nal institutions should be deemed essential services and prohibited from striking. These days, a post-secondary education is pretty much a necessity, not a nice-to-have thing. The fact is that when teachers go on strike, it affects people’s lives.

I don’t understand why teachers (or anybody for that matter) are so reluctant to give up the right to strike, as the binding-arbitration process would replace it. Arbitration is a very powerful negotiating tool, especially since it is the employees who usually come out the winners.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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