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Krieger is pointing out the sweetener for the BCTF to sign a collective agreement with a bonus that was promised to all the public sector unions who signed deals that would expire after the 2010 Winter Olympics. The BCTF was the last to sign up only minutes before the deadline when
the bonus would disappear.
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Premier Campbell said he would not privatize BC Rail—and then did. And made other promises, not kept, including support for public education. Campbell’s BC Liberals were first elected in 2001.
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Premier Campbell gets the gold medal for several years of having the highest child poverty of an province in Canada.
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The BCTF is not a pushover in negotiations.
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Premier Campbell after the resolution of the strike of 2005.
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Krieger captures the loss to students of inadequate funding for resources.
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Premier Campbell is assessed the blame for inadequate funding for students with special needs. Failure to adequately fund early leads to more costs later.
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Mike de Jong was the BC Liberal Labour Minister who introduced the legislation imposing a contract on the BCTF, which led to the strike in 2005. Jinny Sims was the BCTF President.
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Krieger's take on how teachers felt when the 2005 strike was over and things got back to normal.
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Vince Ready was the labour mediator who found the basis for ending the strike in 2005 (as well as in 2014). Ready is called when major strikes or lockouts have no obvious solutions--and gets paid thousands of dollars a day, but always seems to find a
basis for a resolution.
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Krieger saw the strike of 2005 as an impasse with neither side having a place to move.
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This is a mug shot of Premier Campbell when he was arrested for driving under the influence during a holiday in Hawaii. Bob Krieger's cartoon has the name of the newspaper crossed out because it was not run in the paper.
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BCTF President Jinny Sims never conceded that the 2005 strike was lost--and it wasn't.
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Premier Gordon Campbell carries responsibility for actions that created the 2005 strike of teachers.
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Premier Gordon Campbell is surprised when the teachers actually do strike.
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Premier Gordon Campbell stirring up the BCTF.
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The BCTF went on a two-week illegal strike in 2005--no classes. (October 2005)
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Jinny Sims was the BCTF president when teachers undertook a two-week illegal strike in 2005--not long enough for this student. (September 2006)
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Teacher cartoonist John Nolan captures the many roles teachers are expected to play--the Swiss Army Teacher.