This strike is not about class size

It’s about money, benefits and taxes, let’s call it for what it is.

It’s about money, benefits and taxes, let’s call it for what it is.

This B.C. teachers debate regarding class sizes is a very old item, used each time at bargaining. It goes back 45 years.

You the students are held hostage by your own teachers. Just think — weeks off during Christmas, weeks off during Easter, two-plus months off during summer, days off for professional training and more.

I worked for 40 years in hospitality and had to work long hours, many days without days off. I chose that career and accepted it. I  dealt with many ignorant customers,  I accepted it. I dealt with demanding bosses, I accepted it.

So lets call it for what it is: smaller classes, means more new schools. Who will pay? I have no more money to pay in taxes.

Jim Iker, the new president of the teachers’ union? Of course he must make a mark.

Whatever additional money in pay teachers receive, other services will be reduced to cover the expense and that will effect me, and I cannot afford it, so what is the solution for my concerns? Refuse to pay taxes? Demand an increase in pension? Perhaps teachers could give up some days off or weeks off or be less militant and be more realistic to what they already have and be concern of the effect that their demands will have on the rest of us.

Jeanpaul Brasca

Parksville

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