It seems that the teachers and the government of my province came to a tentative agreement very early this morning. At about 5:30 am (because I was up bright and early for my picket shift that starts at 6:30 am) I read it on the Intarnets – but of course, not everything on the Intarnets is true! But this actually was. And then the texting from colleagues started. At first, we weren’t sure whether or not we should still go picket, but logic prevailed and we soon realized that our strike isn’t actually over until the proposed deal is ratified by us teachers, and we were pretty sure that we hadn’t yet done that.
So the mood on the picket line today was joyous and light. We were all so relieved – it was almost over! Soon our bank accounts would get a deposit instead of another damn withdrawal! By 7 am, we heard that our vote would be on Thursday, so we had at least two more days to picket. There was a whole lot of speculation as to when schools would reopen – we thought maybe Friday at the earliest, but more likely Monday – and whether or not we would get a day or two to organize our classrooms prior to the kids arriving (which most teachers normally do in August, often a week or two before the actual first day of school). We had no actual information on the terms of the proposed agreement yet, but most of us didn’t care – we would vote yes just to get back to work! We got many more honks and waves from passing vehicles this morning than we’d ever had – and my school is on a fairly busy street, so we’ve had quite a bit of support throughout all this. The administrators of my school came out and chatted with us for a long time too, but they didn’t know much more than we did at that time.
I was quite happy and energized when I got home at 9:30 am. I threw a load of laundry into the wash, quickly made a grocery list, and headed out the door to purchase said groceries. I came home, put my groceries away, tossed the laundry into the dryer, zipped around with the vacuum, had a fast lunch, made some phone calls and sent some texts, watched the government’s press conference about the tentative settlement (I still don’t trust that Liberal government!), sat in the sun and read for a while, watched the teachers’ federation press conference about the tentative settlement (Can ANYBODY in my union actually give a straight answer to a question?!), took the laundry out of the dryer, ironed a couple of items and put everything away, had a good look at the tentative settlement on the union’s website, had a leisurely dinner, watched a little light TV …
Yep, it’s been a good day.
And yep, I’m happy with the proposed deal and I’ll be voting to approve it.