The Teachers' Right to Negotiate
Is NOT their right to win the negotiation.
And that's the part they & their unions don't seem to understand.
The teachers' main sticking point in this entire process seems to be that their democraic right to negotiate has been taken away from them. And that's just not true. (If the teachers unions had no opportunity to negotiate, how did the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association come to an agreement this summer?)
The teachers have confused their democratic right to negotiate with their perceived democratic right to win - which they have done contract-after-contract for the past 10 years. Only this time it's different
This time their boss is running a $15,000,000 defecit.
This time they lose..............and the teachers can't seem to handle that.
Usually, negotiations involve a little bit of give and take from both parties. McGuinty relaxes a bit on his wage freeze (give) - the teachers accept that they'll no longer bank sick days (take).
This time there was no give and take. Well, let me restate that, because there was a bit of give.
McGuinty took wage increases, took banked sick days, and took away a few P.A. Days.
And in return, McGuinty gave teachers their jobs. No job losses. 100% job security.
Which for any other company running a $15M loss, would be considered a huge WIN for the employees. "Really, we all get to keep our jobs! Awesome!"
So I guess the teachers did win...................I just wish they could figure that out.
PS - At one time, 610 CKTB was unionized. I was a representative. I have negotiated a union contract for my coworkers. I sat at the table. I know what's involved. Before you assume I'm naive to the way things work.