Although bargaining has resumed, it’s clear government negotiators and the union representing public school teachers across British Columbia are far from agreement on a deal that could prevent disruptive action next week from both sides.
BC Teachers Federation president Jim Iker says lock-out restrictions imposed by Premier Christy Clark could see graduation ceremonies cancelled, and final exams not graded. Peter Cameron, the lead negotiator for the government, insists union leaders are demanding too much, compared to what other unions have already accepted.
“We’re asking you to get into approaching what anybody would say as a settlement zone in an objective look at the position of settlements that are going on at this time in this province involving hundreds of thousands of employees and sophisticated big unions.”
Cameron also denies union claims the government’s lock-out will keep them from participating in graduation events.