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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 18, Number 6, April 2006

Teachers need 20% to catch up

According to a study prepared for Finance Minister Carole Taylor, BC teachers need a 20% boost in their maximum pay and benefits to pull even with top-ranked Alberta. The study compared compensation rates across Canada and was prepared for the minister prior to opening bargaining with public-sector workers.

The study was reported in The Vancouver Sun, by Vaughn Palmer, on February 2, 2006. bctf.ca/SchoolStaffAlert/archive/2005-06/2006-02-02.html

A quick look at salaries (2004–05) in Alberta and Ontario illustrates the point.

Ottawa-Carlton Secondary $77,528
Toronto Elementary $77,576
Calgary Public $75,956
Edmonton Public $70,627
Vancouver $63,737

We are facing a looming teacher shortage. School districts are already experiencing a shortage of teachers on call and are adopting makeshift remedies to provide coverage for teachers who are absent.

Doctoring the books
Public Eye Online, Sean Holman
www.publiceyeonline.com/

British Columbia’s 8,000 doctors are getting a hefty pay increase under a tentative agreement between the Liberal government and the B.C. Medical Association... In a confidential letter to the doctors, BCMA president, Dr. Michael Golby, says doctors will receive fee hikes of 19.1% in the first four years, which breaks down into a general increase of 10.4% over four years, plus a hike of 8.7% in targeted compensation.

For a complete copy of the letter, obtained separately by Public Eye, go to www.publiceyeonline.com/archives/2006_03.html.



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