Friday, January 24, 2014

Nothing ‘middle class’ about teachers’ salaries, prof says

WATERLOO — Teachers who think they’re part of the middle class are mistaken, says a Wilfrid Laurier University economics professor.

Based solely on their wages, teachers are considered middle class when they start teaching but after five years they have “decisively exited the middle class,” said David Johnson.

Johnson points to the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario website, where a letter to parents states, “The government has announced that it will be seeking concessions from other public sector workers. This is not the solution to Ontario’s economic challenges. It shrinks the size of the middle class.”

“This group is not part of the middle class,” Johnson said. “The notion that they are part of the middle class is completely wrong.”  (more...)

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