I’m not really much of a political person, but since the Catholic teachers’ union executive has settled with the government, I’ve been paying attention. To be honest, I don’t like the deal. As a so-called “younger teacher,” (a term which I find demeaning) I’m concerned about the future. I’m worried about the pay cut and the rumored extension of the pay grid.
Regardless of how this plays out, one thing I’m really concerned about is how we are treating each other. Yesterday I read some absolutely awful tweets about the Catholic teachers and I really feel that kind of animosity is uncalled for and unprofessional. These actions are really not earning us any sympathy from the public and I am worried that we are just playing into the government’s hand by expressing these negative thoughts through social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.
I’m not trying to be up on a soap box, but I think we need to show compassion for the teachers in the Catholic union as I’m sure there are some members who aren’t happy with their union at the moment. We need to remember that they are our colleagues and friends too.