A hint of optimism in the labour dispute between the BCTF and it’s employer.
On the same day that the teacher’s union served 72 strike notice came word that both sides were heading back to the negotiating table with renewed enthusiasm.
The BCTF is presenting a new wage proposal that the head of the Central Okanagan Teacher’s Association calls “substantial.”
Susan Bauhart says it shows how serious the BCTF is about achieving a negotiated settlement by the end of the weekend.
Teachers in a number of school districts, including the Central Okanagan, participated in rotating strikes Thursday.
We’ve also learned that the BCTF is extending its Stage two job action into Monday.
Teachers across the province will be attending study sessions meaning there will be no school for students.
The Superintendent of SD 23 remains hopeful that a deal can be reached before Tuesday’s strike deadline, however, the district is making a contingency plan for next week.
Hugh Gloster says provincial exams will go ahead as scheduled and Grade 12 report cards are a priority.
Both were deemed essential services by the Labour Relations Board this week.