The BC Teachers Federation has sent the provincial government’s lead negotiator a letter telling him not to expect a cheque from the union.
Peter Cameron says he is not backing down on a threat to bill the union roughly five-million-dollars a month for health costs until a deal gets done.
“The invoice will be in the mail in time enough to get delivered to the union before the first of the month. So they have time to cut the cheque because that is what the labour code says it should be paid in advance.”
Cameron expects the BCTF to take issue with the bill when it arrives.
“Well it is always open to the union if they don’t believe we have the right to do that, which is what they say, that the union can go to the labour board.”
Reporter “And I anticipate as I am sure you do as well that, that is where we are headed?”
“It certainly is a good possibility.”
Cameron says negotiations are also heading for what he calls a “difficult time.”
“Well there has to be some point to meeting. We are not going to meet for the purpose of just looking at each other.”
He says the two sides remain far apart on the chief issue wages.
“We have got a proposal that is pretty close, or within the settlement zone of other unions, adn they have one that is several times higher and they take the position that they want a whole lot more money than everyboy else got. That is bringing bargaining into a tough place.”
However the teacher’s union as of late last week said they have not been offered anything similar to what other unions were offered under the cooperative gains mandate.