Calling it “Christy Clark’s lockout” in a news conference earlier today, BC Teacher’s Federation President Jim Iker blasted the government’s latest move to cut teachers wages and lock them out.
Iker directly blamed Clark for the fallout from any lockout action over the next month.
“In adopting this strategy, Christy Clark could be the cause of many cancelled field trips, sports tournaments, theatre productions, music concerts, and many other events that BC kids were looking forward to.”
So what is the relationship between Christy Clark and the BC Teachers’ Federation? It dates back to 2002, shortly after the BC Liberals beat the BC NDP in the 2001 provincial election and Gordon Campbell was elected Premier.
Timeline of Dispute 2002 – 2014
- eliminate protections on class size and composition
- cut support for kids with special needs
- strip teachers of bargaining rights.