Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! Nah...it's just Jinny whining.

The BCTF office and local union funded "teachers' associations" were in panic mode over the last twenty-four hours. It seems the ads the BC Government took out to inform the public of the progress and details of the negotiations with the teachers' union have hit a nerve.
"How dare the Government try to take on "Super" Jinny Sims, our most beloved BCTF President?" BCTF spokesperson N. Joy Spankalotti exclaimed. "As I have said before, Jinny and ONLY Jinny controls the flow of information to our cogs in the machine, er, teachers and the public at large."
Yesterday, teachers from around the province were called into "emergency meetings" or conference calls administered by the BCTF, their local office reps such as Ralph Poynting, BCTF President for Nicola Valley (remember he wanted to remove four teachers from the union for obeying the law); Terry Green, BCTF President for Okanagan Skaha; Ritchie Kendrick, BCTF President for South Okanagan Similkameen (union boss to Mr. Foster) or organizations such as the Coquitlam Teachers Association (CTA). Teachers and support staff were told that the newspaper and radio ads were distorting the truth and were "irresponsible" since they were coming out during negotiations. In response, the teachers were told to "flood your local newspapers and BC Liberal MLA offices with copies or variations of our news release expressing your outrage".
Teachers who were not present at these meetings were then contacted during lunch at school, on their cell phones or received calls at home last evening reminding them "of [their] duty to support the BCTF" and that "the signing bonus is yours whether an agreement is reached by June 30th or not".
"Silence!", Spankalotti shrieked. "Those meetings were merely a private social gathering so that Jinny could share our truth about the negotiations. In short, because we are not getting everything we want so Jinny can improve the class size of her Mercedes and the composition of her bank account, then everything the Government is telling you is wrong. See? Simple."
So what part of the ads were not true? The $3,700 signing bonus if an agreement is signed by Friday? The increases of 10%, represented in the ad as hard dollar value examples of "...$7,453 more now for a first-year teacher in Surrey", and $11,855 by 2010"? Or how about...
"Shut it!", wide eyed Spankalotti shouted as she shook like a rage filled Polaroid picture. "Using true, accurate numbers by the Government to poke holes in our fanciful BCTF news releases is a clever ploy, but teachers and parents - especially the redneck ones - will not fall for it! We really want our 24% but we will take 19% so we can say to the other unions, 'see losers, we can screw over the Province and families better than your 5% to 14% increases so there!' Yep, that's what we want."
Interesting...even more interesting is the comment from the BCTF that the Government placing ads at this time to debunk the BCTF's spin may "...derail the progress we've been able to make", however the BCTF holding a strike vote during this same process just three weeks ago after this intrepid Poly leaked their strike agenda is fine?!
"Correct!", came the reply from the Spankster. "Look, we have no intention of settling and were hoping that our propaganda would be the only information out there. When the Government uses true facts and figures it muddies the water."
Also muddying the water are the streams of emails being sent to MLA and news offices around the Province. Several sources have shared the emails with us and most interesting is that 86.078% of those emails are sent from the same IP address of 134.87.18.49 - an IP registered in a "block" to the BCTF. Therefore, emails from "Bob Derkson from Burnaby; Richard Daca from Nanaimo; Crystal Pointon from Kamloops" are all from - yep, say it with me - the BCTF.
"Shut your pie hole!!!!", N. Joy shouted with the fiery of a thousand white hot suns. "All we are doing is recycling. Recycling our message in the form of 'cut and paste' from our news releases and then just having one of our Viagra filled BCTF staffers - who make a paltry starting salary of $80,000 - send out bulk emails to our lists of politicians and news outlets using the names of our union members as the author. We see nothing wrong with that."
With public support very high for teachers and at an all time low for the mob known as the BCTF, what can we expect?
"Well," Spankalotti began cautiously, "We want our 19% over three years and will not settle for anything less. So all your parents and students don't waste your time calling Jinny at the toll free number of (800) 663-9163 or emailing her or her thugs, er, associates listed here or here to express your support of the Government ads. We don't care!"
Yes...yes, we know.

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the mainstream media does as much technical digging as the Poly. It is not surprising that the BCTF is spamming all Liberal MLA's and the local press but to uncover that it is all happening from the BCTF office is very revealing.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's easy to slam anyone when you're as biased as this site. Thankfully it's not a legit news site so we don't have to take it seriously.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's easy to slam the BCTF because they are GREEDY @$$HOLES. The teachers just have a bad union. This site is great. If this site is not a "legit news site" then why did CTV, Global, News 1130, CKNW and others use it as a source for the leaked BCTF memo. http://bcpolyblog.blogspot.com/2006/06/from-desk-of-edward-itorial-my-first.html

Also, read the stuff from April and May about the BCTF and you will see it is all coming true. GO POLY GO!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11:49 - are you disputing the facts (if so - present the other side with facts) or just wish they are not out there for the public to read. It hurts to read the truth.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 1:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh god give me a break! This site is one-sided and anyone with half a pea brain could figure it out - that's all I'm saying. It's nothing more than a humourous site to visit.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 3:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if there is a news black out in the negotiations, and if they are negotating with the schools association,supposedly at arms length from government, why the full page adds at our expense,two days in a row in the Victoria paper so far this week, or for that matter, why is Bond and Taylor spouting off about the teachers want to much? One would think the governemtn is trying to belad public support away from the teachers of our kids. On would have thought they learned something from the last time but we guess not. Too bad BC Poly BLog, the two sides will settle so just whom will you slag then?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 4:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Joy Mcfail said...

Why is it that Jinny finds it acceptable to run night after night TV ads on Global to support her cause and unacceptable for the government to do the same?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 5:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a first year teacher, I admit to being intrigued by the ads when they first came out...I couldn't figure out how they came up with those numbers, and checking the government link on the bottom of the ad didn't give me any further information. The BCTF has since indicated that the figure quoted in the ad for a new Surrey teacher($7,453) comes from:

$1,200 in the SIP rebate from the Ready agreement - this is a one-time payment that teachers received to cover our long-term disability insurance. The government funds this insurance as part of every other contract in the province, and as such, it's not really a raise...it's just less of our salary being clawed back (and only for this year!).

$1,741 is from a 2% raise due to the salary standardization from the Ready agreement— however, this number hasn't actually been put forth by Ready yet...it's just conjecture on the part of the government. Only teachers in the lower paid districts will receive this increase.

$3,700 is from in the signing bonus is included (this is fair, but again it is a one-time payment).

Finally, the actual raise from what the government is offering is $812, which represents a 2% salary increase ($4.20 extra for every day that teachers work). When put in those terms, it's not quite as impressive as the government makes it seem.

When I first read the ad, my impression was that those increases were to our yearly salaries (and would certainly be beyond what we were expecting!). I think that many other people would also read it that way, but not have the time or inclination to find out the facts.

Personally, I think the government could have been much less "sneaky" in how they presented their information.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 7:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry - made a typo - the salary increase in the ad due to the Ready agreement is obviously larger than 2%. I'm not sure how the government came up with this figure...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 7:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Joy Mcfail said...

anonymous 7:00 pm

I'm not a grade 1 teacher but let's see - by your own summary you are receiving $ 1,200 + $ 1,741 + a potential $ 3,700 and $ 812 in this year alone if you sign. That totals $ 7,453 and is a lot more than the rest of will receive extra this year.

What was your point again.....?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 7:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I guess if you ignore that the first two figures (the SIP rebate and the Ready adjustment) were from the LAST set of negotiations, that the adjustment is not yet in place, and that it only applies to some teachers, it does sounds pretty impressive. As for the $3700, didn't all the unions have the same offer?

That being said, I do hope that our union settles quickly, and I'd certainly be happy with an offer in the 12% range. No one likes living with the possibility of a strike!

My point, however, was that the advertisements were misleading, and could easily be misinterpreted, even by people (like me) who are closely following the negotiations.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 9:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Joy Mcfail said...

But am I not correct that conceivably you will receive all of that in one year?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 9:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the image of Jinny. If that doesn't say it all...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 10:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems according to Mike Smythe, the government adds about teachers salaries is a bit slanted and downright untrue. Don't blame me . Mike is correct. Just go read his column in todays Province

Thursday, June 29, 2006 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GLobe and Mail today.

"But industry sources said they expect it to add from $5 to $10 an hour to basic hourly wages, which currently average between $25 and $35, excluding benefits." and trades get pretty hefty benefits as all workers should but don't.
So a carpenter starts at 25 to 35 a hour excluding benefits. No big issue. But should they become teachers of the trade they will be vilified for expecting a raise.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 1:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, its been about twelve years that I have kids in the public education system. I haven't noticed the education getting better but I have heard lots of crying for more taxpayer funding, more government funding, more money. They say more funding is the only way to make the system better for kids.

Did I miss something? It seems more funding means more money in the pockets of employees every time. That is fine if it means they are doing a better job and kids are benefiting with better grades, more learning and feeling like the adults around them care about their learning.

I haven't noticed education improving for students.

The excuses about why education hasn't been improving put blame on everyone but teachers and the cries for more funding continue.

Will it ever be enough?

Thursday, June 29, 2006 9:27:00 PM  
Anonymous POCO Steve said...

I have two children in the school system and I will not support the Teachers if they don't settle by June 30th. The issues raised last September were principled and the government settled those issues after including all the stakeholders in the negotiations. We are now talking purely about BCTF Greed. The political agenda of the BCTF makes me sick.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger frank said...

Agreed. The BCTF have a purely political agenda and I will not support a teacher’s strike. In fact I think the Government should de-certify or allow teachers to join a professional association to represent them or the BCTF Union.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 10:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I had a rocket launcher some son of a .........................

Thursday, August 24, 2006 3:01:00 PM  

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