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September 1, 2014 at 12:23pm
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BC Teacher’s Strike by the numbers

I thought I’d write my quick take on the BC Teacher’s Strike. As it stands right now it’s September 1st, and kids in British Columbia will not be returning to school anytime soon. What’s at the root of the problem? Gary Mason said it best:

Their foundational belief systems are built on widely divergent philosophies. And critical to the dysfunction in which this relationship is imbued is this problem: You can’t expect two groups to find common ground when they can’t agree on the metrics that underlie their differences.

Public Opinion

Unfortunately for teachers, public opinion on the matter seems to be going the way of the government (source). When asked “Which side are you more inclined to support?” parents responded:
  • Teachers: in June 46% supported teachers; this has fallen to 36% in August
  • Government: in June 29% supported the government; this has increased to 35% in August

Salaries

My fiend Steve asks:
The government says that even after the BCTF’s lowering their demands by $125 million, they’re still asking for double what other unions have received. Is this true?
The BC government’s deal with the other unions (ratified in 2013) is:
A total wage increase of 5.5 per cent over five years, as well as three years in which extra compensation could be given to workers if the province’s gross domestic product outperforms forecasts.
(Source: Times Colonist)

What are the expected wage increases for 2014 across the country?

Here are the salary increases forecast by province for 2014 (For all sectors):
  • BC 2.8%
  • Alberta 3.2%
  • Saskatchewan 3.4%
  • Manitoba 2.8%
  • Ontario 2.6%
  • Quebec 2.8%
  • Atlantic Canada 2.5%
  • Newfoundland 4.0%
(Source here) The best overall comparison stats table I can find are from Stats Canada here.

10:08am
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"man cave"

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"man cave"

August 31, 2014 at 11:18pm
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Over Swan Lake

Over Swan Lake

August 30, 2014 at 6:31pm
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#geekbeers from Thursday at @nakedpigvernon #vernonbc

#geekbeers from Thursday at @nakedpigvernon #vernonbc

3:07am
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The pain you can’t stand

Just published: The pain you can’t stand

Your marketing approach will depend on the pain you’re targeting.

“One thing that people don’t appreciate enough is that there’s different types of pain.” – Patrick McKenzie

Before you start building your product, ask yourself: how intense is the pain I am targeting? This is important, because the level of pain a customer is experiencing will determine:

  • How much they are willing to pay for the…

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August 28, 2014 at 4:26pm
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Badminton on #okanagan lake

Badminton on #okanagan lake

August 27, 2014 at 4:59pm
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Move to #vernonbc

Move to #vernonbc

August 26, 2014 at 10:47pm
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Love lookin’ up

Love lookin’ up

7:33pm
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Green underfoot

Green underfoot

August 24, 2014 at 8:53pm
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Impromptu dance party today at the office