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Teachers ratify agreement on round of collective bargaining

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A group of teachers representing the BC Teachers Federation has voted unanimously to ratify a framework agreement leading to the start of contract talks.

Union president Susan Lambert says the vote by about 200 elected teachers is a significant step in the right direction before collective bargaining starts on February 4.

The agreement says teachers want a timeline to facilitate negotiations with the BC Public School Employers’ Association, the government’s bargaining agent.

Federation president Susan Lambert calls it a positive development. “It is a good sign. It’s a positive agreement, it helps both sides. It was done respectfully and constructively and it is a positive sign for the start of bargaining.”

It also calls for the appointment of a facilitator to assist with collective bargaining.

The employer is set to discuss the proposed agreement this afternoon.

The teachers’ current two-year contract, which was retroactive one year, expires at the end of June.

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May 14 2013

Yep and it’s the teachers that are the greedy ones…
Helping manage the BC government’s war on school teachers and public education is Deputy Minister of Education James Gorman. He is a long time senior bureaucrat.

Public accounts show his salary in fiscal 2006 was $164,085. In fiscal 2011, it was $228,942, an increase of 40% in five years. During that period, Gorman’s expenses were $136,616.

Gorman looks positively frugal compared to his colleague Rick Davis. The Education Ministry’s Superintendent of Achievement incurred expenses of $432,234 from 2006 to 2011. Spending more than $6,000 a month on lunches and such can’t leave much time for business but Davis is consistent, if nothing else.

John Dyble, Premier Photo-Op’s Deputy Minister, has also done well in the land of not net zero. Public accounts show that Dyble’s salary rose from $161,455 in fiscal 2006 to $239,121 in 2011. That was a 48% gain in five years but, the good news for Dyble is that his salary was bumped again in March 2011. His new rate is $310,000, about double what he earned five years ago.

Graham Whitmarsh, DM in the Health Ministry, had his salary go to $259,531 in fiscal 2010, 42% more than he earned in 2008. Whitmarsh charged additional personal expenses of $168,410 in the last four years.

Keith Miller, ADM for the Education Ministry’s Resource Management division earned $106,172 in fiscal 2009 and $172,381 in 2011, a growth of 62%.

Renate Butterfield, ADM for Business, Technology & Online Services Division, saw her salary grow 42% from 2006 to 2011.

David Loukidelis, long a senior Liberal bureaucrat, got 11% this year, a raise that makes his salary 42% more than it was in 2006.

Cheryl Wenezenki-Yolland, DM Advanced Education, has enjoyed steady increases in each of the last few years, including 27% ($47,000) in 2012. Since 2006, her earnings are up 115%.

Lynda Tarras, Associate Deputy Minister in Finance, scored healthy increases each year, moving her salary up by $86,459 or 78% from 2006 to 2011. and the list of greed goe on and on

January 27, 2013 at 8:14 am