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B.C. union voting on giving BCTF a $100,000 loan during teachers’ strike

Teachers behind the picket lines at Byrne Creek Secondary in Burnaby .
Teachers behind the picket lines at Byrne Creek Secondary in Burnaby . Grace Ke, Global News

VANCOUVER – B.C. teachers could be getting some much needed financial support from another union.

In a show of solidarity, Cope 378 has sent out ballots to its members that work at BC Hydro asking if they would give the BCTF a $100,000 loan to support the teachers during the ongoing labour dispute.

Mail-in ballots have been sent out this week and union officials expect to have the results within the next few weeks. If it passes the money would be quickly turned over to the BCTF.

While Cope 378 represents 90 different collective agreements, only the BC Hydro members are being asked to vote because they brought the motion forward and they have a five-year collective agreement in place.

In a posting on their website, David Black, president of Cope 378, said:

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Union members cannot let ourselves be divided by this government. Christy Clark’s Liberals are trying to outlast the teachers and are spending money on advertising to spread misinformation about the dispute and the teachers’ demands.