BCTF vice president Glen Hansman shows that not all unions are settling for net-zero contracts

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      The second vice president of the B.C. Teachers' Federation has kept his fingers busy this morning tweeting about labour contracts.

      Glen Hasman pointed out there are lots of unions that have negotiated contracts without the net-zero provision so beloved by Education Minister George Abbott.

      Here are some recent contract agreements that Hasman has highlighted on his Twitter stream:

      • Courtenay municipal employees received two percent in 2011, two percent in 2012, 2.75 percent in 2013, and 2.25 percent in 2014.

      • Quesnel municipal employees received zero percent in 2010, 1.5 percent in 2011, and two percent in 2012.

      • Vancouver police received 2.95 percent in 2010, 2.95 percent in 2011, 1.25 percent in 2012, and 1.3 percent in 2013.

      • Comox District employees received two percent in 2010, two percent in 2011, three percent percent in 2012, and two percent percent in 2013.

      • Global TV received 3.5 percent in 2011, 2.5 percent in 2012, and two percent in 2013.

      • Kamloops municipal employees received two percent in 2011, two percent in 2012, and two percent in 2013.

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      Mar 4, 2012 at 10:45am

      I do not care what other unions do, teachers are not getting or deserve a raise, what is it you do not understand about net -zero it means net-zero

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      Mar 4, 2012 at 11:40am

      I find it hard to take seriously comments on teachers that obey none of the standard rules of grammar or punctuation.

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      Mar 4, 2012 at 11:46am

      None of those other unions are BC Gov't unions and so don't have a net-zero mandate to deal with in the first place. Apples and oranges, Glen. FAIL.

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      B Hanson

      Mar 4, 2012 at 12:00pm

      How many received an up to $4000 signing bonus.

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      Hamish Winter

      Mar 4, 2012 at 12:45pm

      New Highway to Whister $1,000,000,000
      New Convention Centre $800,000,000
      New Hideous BC Place $600,000,000
      Total cost over runs @ $1.3 Billion

      Salary raise for MLA, 29%
      Money for BCTF, HEU, Net Zero.

      What's wrong with picture? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7260.htm

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      Mar 4, 2012 at 2:11pm

      Mr Hansman's information would be more useful if he identified the unions negotiating those increases.

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      Mar 4, 2012 at 3:01pm

      It doesn't matter what union it is, they're still public servant with a higher education than some sitting in Victoria telling us what is best for the rest of us. If they were true leaders they would lead by example and roll back their wages along with their gold plated pensions rather than evryone else having to do without.

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      Mar 4, 2012 at 3:52pm

      My point about identifying the unions is that some workers are in government unions (CUPE, etc) and others may be in Teamsters or unions which are not necessarily under the net-zero hammer. Personally I support all unions and believe they are the responsible way to negotiate.

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      Mar 4, 2012 at 4:39pm

      When teacher's bargained locally, a municipal union increase could mobilize support for a teacher's local asking for an increase as well. Now that they have been forced to become a union, and are an "essential service", and are not permitted to bargain, the BCTF will only get scapegoated.

      However, back in the day, "Essential Services" meant fire, life, and property protection. Under the liberals, anyone who dares to stand up to the government, is called essential, to limit their ability to bargain.

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      Mar 4, 2012 at 4:59pm

      I searched "Fascism" and read that making strikes illegal an scapegoating groups is a major part of the Fascist handbook. I guess that explains why teachers, who do not offer essential services, are denied the right to strike, even when it is permitted under highly restrictive limits imposed by the LRB.

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