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RSR ROBBINS Research - British Columbia Politics April 6, 2012
  Apr 06, 2012

Methodology-Telephone sample of 642 property owners residing in the lower mainland of British Columbia. This Survey was conducted between March 29 and April 3, 2012. The Margin of Error of this Survey is (3.87%) 19 times out of 20 @ 95% confidence.

Question #1
In your opinion do BC Teachers in public schools deserve a raise?
Yes    64.5 %
No    30.5 %
Undecided/Unsure/Can’t Answer    5.5 %
Question #2
Which response choice BEST reflects what type of raise you would offer BC Teachers? (Only respondents who answered “YES” in Question 1).
3% per year for 5 years    26.5 %
2% per year for 5 years    21 %
5% per year for 5 years    16.5 %
1% per year for 5 years    8.5 %
Over 5% per year for 5 years    3 %
Undecided/Unsure/Can’t Answer    24 %
Question #3
In your opinion should BC Teachers receive a cost of living raise equal (at least) to the annual cost of living?
Yes    64 %
No    16.5 %
Undecided/Unsure/Can’t Answer    19 %
Question #4
Should the production of conventional report cards featuring letter grades A, B, C, D or percentages equivalent be part of a BC Teacher’s duty under current wage/salary?
Yes    71.5 %
No    26 %
Undecided/Unsure/Can’t Answer    2 %
Question #5
In your opinion should BC Teachers receive additional financial compensation over and above any consideration of a wage increase of their base annual salary, for their efforts in after regular school activities such as coaching teams, teaching band and other?
Yes    60.5 %
No    23 %
Undecided/Unsure/Can’t Answer    16 %
Question #6
Should BC Teachers receive additional wage compensation for their efforts in developing graduation ceremonies?
Yes    17.5 %
No    66.5 %
Undecided/Unsure/Can’t Answer    16 %
Question #7
Should BC parents of children in grades K-12 be compelled to pay additional fees for the cost of extracurricular (after school) activities such as playing on school sports teams or playing music in the school band?
Yes    18 %
No    71 %
Undecided/Unsure/Can’t Answer    11 %
Question #8
In your opinion should compensation for extra curricular activities such as BC Teachers coaching school BC school sports teams– be compensated as:
Regular Pay    81 %
Overtime Pay    15 %
Undecided/Unsure/Can’t Answer    4 %
Question #9
With respect to extra curricular activities, which of the following should have the authority to choose which BC Teacher is selected for paid extra curricular activities?
The BC Teachers Federation and the seniority of the BC Teacher    6 %
The Principal and Vice Principal at the school and the BC Teacher best qualified on merit    88 %
Undecided    6.5 %
Commentary
This Glen P. Robbins BC Teachers/BC Government Mediation Survey is designed to deal with (apparently) the most difficult aspect of the BC Teachers dispute with the Government of British Columbia (“Employer”)…a wage increase (or not) for BC Teachers. Question one deals with the baseline question (1) to property owners: “In your opinion do BC Teachers in public schools deserve a raise?”
The Government is saying it had a mandate to pay zero increase for wages, while the BC Teachers reject this.
The response pool includes individuals who were contacted by ROBBINS NewTrend by regular telephone and who confirm themselves to be property owners.
‘In the Province of British Columbia all property owners are required to pay school taxes (unless the property is exempt from taxes). The school tax is not based on the property owner’s use of the school system. It is a suitable way to pay for part of the public education costs – because everyone benefits from a good school system.’
A clear majority of BC property owners in this response pool support a wage increase for BC Teachers, thus rejecting the Government’s position of zero increase as inadequate.
What is then left to determine is the appropriate amount of wage increase for BC Teachers based on a percentage of property owners derived from the lower mainland of the province – who in the majority support such a pay raise.
The term of the contract renewal provided for in all response options in question (2) is 5 years. Respondents were not given the option of longer or shorter terms. Respondents were provided with annual wage increase percentages from 1 to 5 per cent (but not 4 per cent). One response option offered was “over 5 per cent per year for five years.” The suggested wage increase ‘ceiling’ provided to respondents was 5 per cent per year with the majority of respondents (69.5%) selecting a response option lower than this amount.
(First Proposition): BC property owners, the majority of whom approve a wage/salary raise for BC Teachers, approve of an increase of less than 6 per cent per year.
(58%) of (Decided) property owners are of the opinion that the BC Teachers should receive a wage increase of 3% or higher per year over a contract period of five years. (42.5%) of these respondents believe that the increase per year should be 5% or more per year.
(Second Proposition): A discernable majority of BC property owners approve a wage increase of between 3 per cent and five per cent per year over 5 years for BC Teachers.
(84.5%) of Decided property owners are of the opinion that BC Teachers should receive an annual wage increase of 2% or more. This is supported by (79%) of Decided property owners who are of the opinion that BC Teachers should “receive a cost of living raise equal (at least) to the annual cost of living”, based on a variety of cost of living calculations that reflect an increase in living costs of 2% and more per year.
(Third Proposition): BC property owners are of the opinion that a wage increase for BC Teachers should not be less than 2 per cent per year or the cost of living per year “at least”.
(73%) of respondents believe that BC Teachers should prepare and provide parents with report cards as part of their existing salary with nearly the same number asserting that BC Teachers efforts in such events as assisting with graduations is “something you would think they (BC Teachers) would want to volunteer their time for”.
(Fourth Proposition): BC property owners are of the opinion that conventional work performed by BC Teachers such as producing report cards with clear letter grade marks, or in the alternative specific percentiles for each subject, and assisting with preparations for graduation ceremonies (no particular grade specified), ought to remain part of the expected work activity of the BC Teachers under their base wage/salary.
A significant majority of property owners also believe that BC Teachers involved in such after school activities as coaching sports teams should be compensated over and above their base salary even after factoring “consideration” for a wage increase, with the clear majority of these supporting a regular wage amount and not an overtime amount for these activities. BC Property Owners are of the clear opinion that school administrators at each participating school should decide which BC Teachers working in the school are designated to paid for extra curricular activities.
(Fifth Proposition): BC Teachers should be compensated at their regular wage rate and not at an overtime rate for extra curricular (after school) activities; with each participating school’s administration (and not The BC Teachers Federation or seniority) determining which BC Teachers should be directed to a specific extra curricular activity.
Property owners expect the Government of British Columbia to pay for after school activities additional BC Teachers wages and the additional costs that accompany these activities which parents are currently charged for. Currently many BC Schools are charging parents for after school activities which some BC Teachers are currently considering withdrawing professional services for.
(Sixth Proposition): BC property owners do not want to see parents of children in K-12 paying additional fees for extra curricular activities.
Final Proposal:
On the issue of wages for BC Teachers the majority of property owners who fund education want BC Teachers to realize a wage increase from current bargaining with the BC Government. This wage increase must reflect a general wage increase of approximately 2 per cent – 5 per cent year over a contract period of 5 years. The amount of the annual wage increase should be at least equivalent to a cost of living standard acceptable to the Government (“The Employer”) and the BC Teachers Federation (“The Teachers”) and governed by the particular region of the province that the particular BC Teacher is working.
A schedule of eligible after school activities for additional wage must be produced. This schedule will provide the contractual basis from which BC Teachers will be paid wages additional to those they earn in their ‘regular’ hours of professional service (normally perceived as 9 am to 3 pm and after school class preparation, marking etc.). The BC Teacher directed to any particular activity should be selected by the Administration of the School and not the BC Teachers Federation. Seniority may be a consideration in selection, but it does not have to be.
It is presumed from question 4 where a significant majority of BC property owners perceive the preparation of Report Cards as part of the base wage work of BC Teachers—that base salary work is not perceived to be restricted to BC Teachers professional attendance from 9 am to 3 pm. This suggests that BC property owners believe that BC Teachers work more than a 6 hour day. This is further supported to some degree by the high number of respondents who see that work provided for such things as graduation is part of the “traditional” volunteer contribution of BC Teachers as part of their vocation. This type of work is clearly outside considered normally outside the bounds of the traditional 9 to 3 school day.
BC property owners are of the clear and unequivocal opinion that the BC Government should be paying all fees for traditional activities involving students in attendance at BC Schools, specifically K-12.
Glen P. Robbins BA Political Science, Simon Fraser University// Public Opinion Polling experience-15 years.

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