First day of BC teachers’ stage two job action begins Monday: 17 school districts will be closed

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First day of BC teachers' stage two job action begins Monday: 17 school districts will be closed

While both sides are to meet at the bargaining table Monday afternoon, it’s set to be a very different week in BC’s classrooms.

There are 17 school districts starting off the first day of the teacher’s stage 2 job action.

All the schools in those districts will be closed.

And President of the Vancouver Secondary Teachers Association, Debbie Pawluk says the other districts will be affected too.

“Our remaining colleagues around the province who had anticipated that they would be in stage 1, well in fact, will be on the first official day of the employer lockout.”

Pawluk says teachers won’t participate in any extra curricular activities unless they receive word from the Government.

“Until we have something concrete saying that our members will not be at risk in terms of work safe coverage or in terms of liability, we are saying the terms of the lockout are pretty clear.”

She adds teachers still don’t know the specific details of the Government’s lockout.

Rotating strikes will occur across the province for the rest of the week.

However, the employer-imposed lock out is being blown out of proportion according to the BC Public School Employers Association (BCPSEA).

BCPSEA clarified a few restrictions regardling their partial-lock out in a letter to BC Teachers Federation president Jim Iker.

The letter says teachers are still welcome to participate in any extra curricular and volunteer activity regardless of where or what time the activities occur.

If teachers do withdraw from any extra activities, BCPSEA says that’s their own choice.

Here is the list of closures:
Monday, May 26th

#5 – Southeast Kootenay

#6 – Rocky Mountain

#28 – Quesnel

#39 – Vancouver

#40 – New Westminster

#48 – Sea to Sky

#49 – Central Coast

#59 – Peace River South

#62 – Sooke

#67 – Okanagan Skaha

#72 – Campbell River

#74 – Gold Trail

#75 – Mission

#78 – Fraser-Cascade

#85 – Vancouver Island North

#87 – Stikine

Wednesday, May 28

#34 – Abbotsford

#37 – Delta

#43 – Coquitlam

#47 – Powell River

#50 – Haida Gwaii

#51 – Boundary

#53 – Okanagan Similkameen

#60 – Peace River North

#61 – Greater Victoria

#69 – Qualicum

#73 – Kamloops Thompson

#84 – Vancouver Island West

#91 – Nechako Lakes

#92 – Nisga’a
Tuesday, May 27

#10 – Arrow Lakes

#19 – Revelstoke

#20 – Kootenay-Columbia

#23 – Central Okanagan

#27 – Cariboo-Chilcotin

#35 – Langley

#38 – Richmond

#42 – Maple Ridge

#52 – Prince Rupert

#54 – Bulkley Valley

#63 – Saanich

#68 – Nanaimo

#70 – Alberni

#81 – Fort Nelson

#83 – North Okanagan-Shuswap


Thursday May, 29

#8 – Kootenay Lake

#22 – Vernon

#33 – Chilliwack

#36 – Surrey

#41 – Burnaby

#44 – North Vancouver

#45 – West Vancouver

#46 – Sunshine Coast

#57 – Prince George

#58 – Nicola Similkameen

#64 – Gulf Islands

#71 – Comox

#79 – Cowichan Valley

#82 – Coast Mountains
School District #93 (Conseil Scolaire Francophone) schools will be closed with others in their local communities throughout the week.






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  1. The BCTF announced they would do this in April. This repackaging of their strikes as a ‘Christy Clark’s lockout’ is disingenuous as best.

    It’s also insulting to the intelligence of the parents of BC.

    • christy started this whole mess around 2002 when she tore up contracts as minister in charge,then again with recent court case. the liberal have not won a court case against all the unions they have attacked

      • The case is under appeal. And what does your comment have to do with mine? The BCTF game playing with our kids is ok because they don’t like any provincial government? Do you really think they would act any differently if the NDP didn’t give them everything that wanted? No. It’s just how the BCTF functions.