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As of late, I have been speaking with a number of people in regards to the actions by the various Teacher’s unions and the Teachers themselves. Now I had expected some reaction but I hadn’t expected the affronted statements made by parents and some of the residents, of Ontario.

Some statements include that the Teachers and their Union (bosses) are bullies, extortionists, elitist, glorified baby-sitters (making reference to the test scores).

The statements regarding “bullies,” and “extortionists” pertains to strike action that the Unions and some teachers are engaged in. The unions and teachers fully understand that when they threaten strike action is doesn’t actually affect government or the negotiations – it merely affects the parents and their ability to find somewhere for their children to be, for that time.

The “elitist,” comes from the Dingwell statement when he remarked “I’m entitled to my entitlements.” More and more parents as saying that this action, by the unions and teachers, had/have nothing to do with the children and ONLY has to do with lining their own pockets, including more benefits for said teachers. This also allots more power/benefits for the Union bosses. A number of parents are saying that they are working 2 jobs, just to pay for the teachers and their benefits – so where is the benefit for the parents…the teachers make far too much, now, and their benefits are beyond the pale. Taking into consideration that the Liberal government was told to take money from health care and direct it at teachers/education. No wonder there is hall-way medicine and people are suffering…

The most used statement is that teachers, in light of the test scores, are merely “glorified baby-sitters.” They say this because their children can’t even figure out simple common sense things – like if I do that the ramifications are this, or the continuing statement if it weren’t for the cash register telling them the amount of change, they couldn’t figure it out.

Long and short quite a few people are just fed up with the Teachers and their unions. They are fed up with the “I’m entitled to my entitlements” voiced by some of the union bosses and teachers. And recently I’ve been asked that if the teachers are so close to their union bosses does that mean the majority of teachers are NDP members?

To those who have voiced your thoughts to me – thank you but perhaps you should be contacting the Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, and tell him that you support what he and the PC government are doing – getting the “bullies, extortionists, elitist, glorified baby-sitters” under control.

As of late I have been speaking with a number of people in regards to the actions by the various Teacher’s unions and the Teachers themselves. Now I had expected some reaction but I hadn’t expected the affronted statements made by parents and some of the residents of Ontario.

“With the local public secondary school teachers union just completing a one-day strike action on Wednesday, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario announced Thursday that it will be escalating its strike action.

“Starting Monday, Jan. 13, public elementary school educators will no longer supervise extracurricular activities nor will they participate in field trips. If the government refuses to address critical issues in talks by Jan. 17, ETFO members will commence a full withdrawal of services strike on a rotating basis beginning Jan. 20,” the release stated.

The ETFO has specified that its updated work-to-rule action will see “educators not arriving to work earlier than 30 minutes before the start of the instructional day and will leave within 15 minutes at the end of the instructional day. They will not plan or participate in any assemblies except to provide supervision to students.”

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