June 6, 2014 12:02 pm

Vancouver, New Westminster school districts among 15 behind picket lines today

Teachers striking at Templeton Secondary in Vancouver.

Roger Hope, Global News

Fifteen more school districts are behind the picket lines this morning as the rotating strikes enter week three next Tuesday.

On Monday and Tuesday of next week, teachers will take a vote on whether to escalate job action, which could lead to a full-scale strike before the end of the school year.

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BCTF is admitting its war chest is empty and it won’t be able to dole out more strike pay.

The fund from which the union draws cash to subsidize teachers on the picket lines has been depleted and it can’t cover an escalating strike.

Teachers are being paid $50 per day during rotating strikes.

Meanwhile, the possibility of a full-scale strike is a concern for grade 12 students, who are worried it will affect their chances of getting into university.

But Education Minister Peter Fassbender says if a full scale strike happens, provincial exams will still go ahead and be marked.

School districts affected on Friday June 6:

• #6 – Rocky Mountain
• #28 – Quesnel
• #39 – Vancouver
• #40 – New Westminster
• #48 – Sea to Sky
• #49 – Central Coast
• #62 – Sooke
• #67 – Okanagan Skaha
• #72 – Campbell River
• #74 – Gold Trail
• #75 – Mission
• #78 – Fraser-Cascade
• #82 – Coast Mountains
• #85 – Vancouver Island North
• #87 – Stikine

Strike schedule for next week can be seen here.

With files from the Canadian Press

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