If there’s one thing patently obvious, at least to me, it’s that the Ontario government, mostly the premier himself, sowed and actively nurtured the seeds of the current tussle with the province’s whiniest ‘professionals’ – the teachers.
Since 2003, McGuinty’s government went through a series of contract negotiations that were such a sham that they didn’t qualify as anything more than elaborate cheque-writing ceremonies; whatever the unions could dream up to demand, the premier couldn’t capitulate to fast enough.
In no time flat, he became “The Education Premier”. The fat-cat teachers bestowed a title and smirked all the way to the bank. Their pay went up at an unprecedented rate for public employees – over 80% at last count. They became, in short order, the highest paid public employees outside the class of bureaucrati. Nominally, on average, they earn well over $100 per hour, including benefits. The comparable period was not nearly so kind to any other organized labour group.
The entire whiny mass is now engaged in the slippery, deceitful and patently greedy initiative to “recover their rights” through legal process. Unfortunately, they’re going to act stupid with students and inconvenience their parents as much as they can while their court challenge runs its course. Let’s face it, a petulant child doesn’t want to just get its way; it want you to suffer while she’s getting it.
When pampered pseudo-professionals get indulged enough, they become besotted with their sense of entitlement. But they’re p.r.-savvy enough to know they can’t make this fight about getting even fatter in the paycheck; they need to make it about a “higher principle” – the right to negotiate.
So, when you’re having to make alternate arrangements for childcare while another day of ‘political protest’ unfolds, keep in mind you’re doing your bit for a higher good than simply lining their pockets – you’re supporting the ‘right’ to get fatter yet.