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Education vs Union

Postby southernfry on Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:34 pm

Here’s what taxpayers were charged for work done at Toronto public schools:

Installing a $17 pencil sharpener: $143 to put in four screws.

The installation of a sign on a school’s front lawn: $19,000

An electrical outlet on the wall in a school library: $3,000

A “breakfast club” kitchen: $250,000 ... -jobs?bn=1

Nice money for the Union, but the kids will now pay the ultimate price. I don't know how kids can get a good education when the idea is to close classrooms, which will add even more kids to already crowded classrooms. Brown bagging it will have to be the norm if they idea to close some cafeterias happens. A lot of kids already depend on getting breakfast at school, now lunches will disappear. Low Income Parents need help with their kids and now a lot of kids may go hungry because of this disgusting mess.

That sign would have cost 2,000 to install by the sign company, thanks to the union it hit 19,000. A 143.00 to install 4 screws, why didn't the principal do it himself? They need to look at how the Catholic School Board runs their operation because clearly this school board is getting ripped off at the students expense.
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Re: Education vs Union

Postby deja vu on Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:37 pm

It looks like that is the tip of the iceberg. The Star has dug up even more details of the abuse of public funds. I'm wondering how many of these Union workers have kids in the public school system. Don't they realize their kids are suffering the same fate as the rest? ... e-job?bn=1

In some cases, workers have signed in to work at a school, then announced they had to go get “parts” and were later discovered by TDSB officials drinking in a bar. In another case, a male worker was found in a board vehicle with a female “fooling around,” according to a board source.

In the case of the pamphlets, board sources say a worker was using school board time to distribute flyers advertising his services for odd jobs, apparently using board equipment.
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Re: Education vs Union

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:22 pm

A related article mentions the pressure to do political campaign work by request of union bosses. Unions are not supposed to be personal domains but that is impression given by the two articles.

Memories in Toronto and area remain fresh over the Toronto separate school boards' trustees' expenses two years ago-the Ministry of Education got involved after several months of newspaper reports.

Oh, it was published recently that the very pools in schools that got an extension from closing actions got yet another funding extension but as has been reported over the last decade and some years, the pools will likely close. The matter is that the pools are used by residents and if they close, there is no nearby alternate for some communities. Though schools are expected to teach swimming to third-graders in order to make the students water aware and responsible around bodies of water--kids do slip into water or get into trouble in water without adults in arms' reach.
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