The province’s teachers and the provincial government have finally hammered out a tentative agreement. The deal came out of the blue after the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association had spent a couple of weeks putting the pressure on the ruling Tories by issuing dire warnings that the government was basically talking out of both sides of its collective mouth.
All that is close to ending and an agreement should be in place by the time schools reopen in September.
That should be a major relief for teachers, and more so, for parents of students who would have had their lives thrown into turmoil if the talks has broken down and a strike resulted.
Both parents of young children these days have jobs outside the home as a matter of necessity.
It takes two salaries to keep a household going these days, unless one of the parents is lucky enough to have a lucrative salary which can support the family on its own.
The deal came suddenly and there is little doubt the fact that the government will be going to the polls in the next year had something to do with getting the dispute resolved.
Having thousands of parents riled up over finding a way to have their children cared for while teachers were walking a picket line would only add to the Tories’ problems.
They are low in the polls and will need a major push to gain re-election.
The PCs are in the middle of another leadership race and the next leader and premier almost certainly doesn’t want to be sworn into office with the prospect of labour troubles facing them at the outset.
Getting the teachers signed up won’t get the government re-elected but it will surely make the onerous task more realistic.