No comment from BCTF or government as bargaining talks continue
VANCOUVER – Parents and students across the province are hoping no news is good news when it comes to the negotiations in the teachers’ labour dispute.
The B.C. Teachers’ Federation and their employer have agreed to bargain all weekend at a downtown Vancouver hotel, in hopes of reaching a deal.
So far, no comment from either side on how the talks are going.
If the talks fail, the BCTF says teachers will hold a study session on Monday before a full-scale strike starting on Tuesday.
On Monday teachers will be participating in a province-wide study session to review BCTF’s revised funding proposals and teachers will not be picketing.
While BCTF president Jim Iker indicated his hopes are to avoid a full-scale strike, he is asking Premier Christy Clark to bring more funds to the table to get what he calls “a fair deal for teachers and students.”
Peppered by questions from the media on Thursday, Iker would not comment on the fate of summer school classes.
The issue of marking provincial exams for Grades 10 -12 and providing final marks for Grade 12 students by June 20 was ruled as essential services, which teachers have to provide, by the Labour Relations Board on Thursday morning.
What this full-scale strike means for your children:
From kindergarten to Grade 9:
Schools will be closed, parents may have to make child care arrangements and comments on final report cards may be shorter than usual.
From Grade 10 to 12:
There may be picket lines outside schools, schools will likely only be open for the purpose of exams and provincial exams will be marked in as timely a manner as possible.
Source: The Ministry of Education
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