Well Played SaskParty

So…the provincial government has resolved to invite teachers back to the table to resume negotiations.  In a press conferenced their spokesperson is quoted as having said,”This offering will make SK teachers the highest paid in the country.”  Well played, well played indeed.  The beauty of a comment like this is that no matter what the government comes back with, teachers will look like schmucks if they don’t take it.  The government knows this and it is the reason they continue to bargain in the media.  It will not matter whether or not it is a fair agreement; people will believe that teachers are turning down a lucrative contract.  Teaching is often referred to in cliche as the “nobelest profession”.  The truth in that statement is that teachers have historically taken little compensation (sometimes 0) in tough economic times. As a result, teachers now stand at a crossroads where we have the opportunity to regain some of that lost ground in a time of great prosperity.  Yet, the provincial government would rather devalue teachers by playing ridiculous mind games in the media.  It is my hope that these antics only serve to strengthen the resolve of the teaching collective to reject anything less than what we deserve.

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