BCTF prepares for "Stage 2" job action
The BC Teachers’ Federation is ramping up its job action.
BCTF President Jim Iker told a Vancouver news conference that, after extending an olive branch by backing away from a 10 year contract term with threats of wage cuts and other penalties if a deal wasn’t done by the end of the school year. He also says the province is still asking for too much in the way of wage concessions.
“Teachers do not take job action of any kind lightly,” Iker says. “As teachers, we care deeply about our students and their education, but with another round of brutal cuts looming, we need to act now… If this government is serious about labour peace they should offer teachers a fair deal and show some good faith. We will remain at the bargaining table. There are six days left before the first schools shut down. I encourage Christy Clark and Peter Fassbender to be in touch, move off their unreasonable demands, and empower BCPSEA to negotiate a fair deal.”
The rotating strikes are due to hit the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District on May 27th, and the Cowichan Valley School District 79, May 29th.
The full list and the BCTF news release are available here.