||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.
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
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.