My wife has been a teacher for 23 years now, all in BC. I can't say where she works or what job she has but lets just say it's with "special" children. The hardest of the hard to teach. She is not full time but usually puts in about twice the time she is paid for. In return she does not gain a dime in pay but because she loves her job and the kids she teaches the JOICE to put in more time is hers and hers alone. She accepts this but does see some of her counterparts just punching a clock, this does not change her attitude towards her job or the effort put forth.
She is not happy about this issue especially since it seems to be a constant "look for trouble" attitude put forth by her union and in response the government. No matter what party is in play. If it's the NDP the union bleeds them dry by calling in the markers they've donated to the party. If it's the Liberals her union ramps up the hate and puts children in the cross fire as well as make parents chose sides.
She also see's school boards filled with over paid so called administrators that neither administer or manage their areas but in stead make sure their empires are taken care of.
The last strike the teachers had she voted. She filled in her ballot and handed it in. The ballot was opened in front of her by her union rep, read and THEN put in the ballot box. The look she got was not one of joy by the rep but that of disgust. Her union dollars are not well spent in her mind but neither is the tax payers dollars with top heavy business practises and services to the schools that cost far more than they should. (example: she needed a desk for her special class. Found one at Ikea for $400. She was shown two catalogues and told to pick one out of those. The cheapest she could buy was over $2500. Pure waste.)
Now for those thinking class size isn't about money they might want to re-think that. Smaller class size means more teachers. More teachers means more salaries. More teachers means more union paying members. That's money the tax payer must burden.
Now the government does not get a pass with her either. They appear to be more interested in dealing with only teachers in a public fight but not interested in dealing with the problems of our school system in depth. Fixing the issues that are faces by the school system would take years and cost votes. None of what is needed would be popular by any side of the coin and therefore the death of that party politically. After all, voters have kids who they love more than life itself and if you mess with that they will get involved and vote. Unfortunately fixing the school system means streamlining and taking away perceived entitlements parents come to expect. But in return they would see the return of kids learning and not experiencing school.
Not to be seen as an archaic Neanderthal but education needs to rethink class make up or suffer the dumbing down of education to the lowest common denominator. It also needs performance objectives for teachers but this can only be done if they're not spending 80% of their time with little Jonny and Jimmy. Principals require more training in leadership and adult learning principals. They can not just be the best mechanic of the shop any more. They can not also be paper shufflers that just want the $140k/year. Teachers as well should not receive an automatic raise of $10k just for choosing to get their masters unless they want extra work to earn that raise.
So, will this get fixed, not bloody likely. Both sides are fighting for their political live and the only ones who lose are the kids. Make no mistake though. Neither side is actually thinking of the children.