EDMONTON, AB (January 16, 2011): The Redford government should not sacrifice the quality of education students receive in order to strike a deal with the Alberta Teachers Association (ATA), the Wildrose Caucus said today. As reported today, the Redford government is allegedly proposing to limit teachers’ work week to 30 hours in secret discussions with the ATA.
Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said a shorter work week is the wrong way to go as it means less learning time for students. “By putting the future of our students at risk, Ms. Redford is failing to stand up for the interests of Alberta families,” Smith said. “Instead of putting the needs of parents and their children first, this PC government appears willing to sell our students short to avoid labour conflict before an expected election. I urge Ms. Redford to avoid the easy way out and stand firm in protecting our children's learning needs.” Wildrose Education Critic Rob Anderson said that a shorter work week for teachers would be a short-sighted decision that would negatively impact students. “This government needs to stop thinking about what’s in it for them and start putting our children first,” Anderson said. “It is unacceptable that this government appears willing to put our children’s future on the chopping block as they continue to waste billions of dollars on personal pay raises, new MLA offices, and carbon storage programs.” The Wildrose Caucus stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom and democracy.