Mama2Gracie, I don't agree at all with the idea that just because one group of people is underpaid, that others shouldn't be able to stand up for the pay, hours, benefit, etc. they deserve. I'm not saying I agree with everything teachers have ever fought for, but just because one group is paid poorly doesn't mean another group should have to settle for whatever is given them. The attitude of, "My pay/hours/workplace sucks so yours should too," is ridiculous.
Well Said emmsmama! I do not know why the population especially around here, think this should be a race to the bottom!!! Why do people want others to make crap money? Because you do? Just beause some employers pay better, should they be punished they are lucky enough to work there?
I work for the school board in a non-teaching position, we make good money, yes, have a pension (that we pay into) yes, have benefits yes, great holidays yes, time off yes! But I choose to apply here and was very lucky enough to get hired, I am very thankful every day for my job. But should I make less because say as a support staff at a private sector business makes $10 an hour less than me? NO! That's crap! If people all made low or middle class salaries this country would go down the crapper!
Our unions are fighting for collective bargaining rights not money! Canada is a democracy....not a communist country....so why are we allowing the government to take rights away and go backwards after all the work us Canadians have put in over the years to succeed as working people????? I just dont get it!