LETTER: Nothing will ever be ‘fair’ for B.C.’s teachers

The Editor,

Re: "No timeline for teacher job action," the Now, March 11.

Thank you for an eyeopening article. It is sad to accept the total takeover of B.C.’s education system by a band of socialists who will stop at nothing and will continue to milk taxpayers for more money and unfair benefits.

The BCTF leadership doesn’t intend to come to the table and lock their demands, because that will effectively lock their main weapon, which is the undefined and infinitely flexible concept of "fairness and equality" that they plug every concerned taxpayer’s mouth with.

It doesn’t matter how much taxpayer money the BCTF gets; it’s still going to be "unfair." We need to stop this nonsense and ask ourselves – unfair to whom? What is the concrete definition of "fair" and at whose expense is fairness always achieved? Since the public education is a government-run monopoly subsidized by overburdened taxpayers, it is not in the BCTF’s interest to ever settle, because the taxpayers do not have a choice. We all must pay up for every whim of the socialist BCTF union bureaucrats who never had any shame, but now lost even the need to cover up their tactics.

It goes without saying that, because of unions like BCTF, our education system is more expensive and less effective than a completely privatized, competitive education system.

We need to question the ability of government monopoly workers to have an ability to unionize, because it gives them power to strike indefinitely at the expense of taxpayers.

David Simonov, Delta

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