LTE: Union expenses?

Seriously? The government has been paying the various teachers unions “expenses” during contract negotiations? How long has this been going on? If my reading is correct it has been since at least 2008. And to top it off this is being done with no accountability! When is the government going to realize that the money they are playing with is not theirs? This is taxpayer’s money and MUST be used with prudence. The taxpayers are not an ATM that can be tapped whenever a government or political party has a pet project that they want completed and don’t feel like paying for it out of their own pocket.

The government paying the various teachers unions “expenses” during contract negotiations is akin to me buying a house and asking the seller to pay my house inspection fees and lawyer’s fees. The government does not cover other unions “expenses” during contract negotiations. Why are the teachers’ unions special? Was the government trying to buy the unions endorsements during election campaigns?

There are so many questions that remain unanswered about the government paying the various teachers unions “expenses” during contract negotiations.  Will we ever get answers? I seriously doubt it. (Education Minister) Liz Sandals and (Premier) Kathleen Wynne seem very good at putting the spin on this they want. Hopefully the media can keep the pressure up until we get the answers we need and deserve.

William Hopkinson

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