June 24, 2014 11:56 am

School trustees call on BCTF, government to resume bargaining

The B.C. School Trustees Association is calling on the BCTF and the government to resume bargaining immediately and suspend all strike and lock-out actions.

In a public letter, Trustee association president Teresa Rezansoff urges both parties to commit to “non-stop, face-to-face bargaining, away from the media.”

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“Our public education system is in turmoil, relationships in our districts are fractured, and our students are caught in the middle. This is damaging, unnecessary, and unacceptable in the face of this mutual agreement,” wrote Rezansoff.

“Furthermore, until a mediator is found and can begin working with you, we urge both BCTF and BCPSEA to immediately suspend all strike and lock-out actions. Such a move would be an act of good faith by both parties and significantly increase public trust in the public education system. Most importantly, it would permit students to end their school year with their teachers.”

The letter was sent to the BCTF and the province, and Education Minister Peter Fassbender.

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