BC’s lead negotiator for BC Public school Employers’ Association Peter Cameron threatened to roll back wages five percent for teachers if they don’t agree to a new deal. That rollback would escalate to ten percent if their job action increases to Phase Two.
Vancouver School Board chair Patti Baccus says school boards have been caught off guard by this.
She says they had no idea teachers were going to be threatened with a wage rollback.
“As the employer’s who are responsible for the districts that put out paycheques it’s very concerning to us that we’re hearing this news on a Friday afternoon with no kind of forewarning.”
Baccus says this is a “clear escalation” in this dispute, and she’s “concerned” about where all this is heading.
Cameron says if teachers take the deal before the end of the school year, they get a $1200 signing bonus, adding the union demands amounting to 21.5 per cent over four years are too high considering many other government employees have accepted much less.
The union says it will take this to the Labour Relations Board.