July 1, 2014 8:37 am

Talks between government and BCTF resume Tuesday as bonus deadline passes

Teachers striking at Templeton Secondary in Vancouver.

Roger Hope, Global News

VANCOUVER – A major deadline has come and gone and still the provincial government appears no closer to a deal with B.C. teachers.

For weeks, both sides had been talking about a deadline of June 30, in the hopes of negotiating a new contract.

The province had floated a $1,200 signing bonus but that offer will likely now come off the table.

Both sides have yet to comment on the failure to reach a deal but Global News understands bargaining will resume on Tuesday.

Currently the B.C. Teachers’ Federation is calling for $45 million a year, including retroactive pay and for class size and composition changes along with increased medical benefits. The union is also asking for an eight per cent wage increase over five years and a $5,000 signing bonus.

The province is offering seven per cent over six years, and had offered the smaller signing bonus of $1,200, which expired Monday.

A media blackout has been imposed on developments in the bargaining process.


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