This is day one of the rotating strikes by B-C teachers.
Standing in the pouring rain outside an East Vancouver elementary school are a handful of the school’s teachers, who say they’re standing up for what’s right.
Hearing that BC’s Education Minister this morning put out a statement saying it’s the teachers union that’s keeping kids from learning, one teacher says “it’s demoralizaing” and didn’t deny those words sound like fighting words.
Jerry Kent, walking with a placard is the President of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers Association, has been a teacher since 1979.
He says as teachers they have few options to take actions, other than what they’re doing now.
He says, “We can write letters, we can have media interviews, but in the end of the day as employees, you have to withdraw services. I mean that’s the last step.”
Kent says after 18 months at the bargaining table, there’s little else they can do.
Vancouver and New Westminster teachers are joining their counterparts in 15 other provincial school districts today.
The rotating strikes will continue through Thursday.
Other Lower Mainland districts affected today are Sea-to-Sky and Mission.
No rotating strikes are planned for Friday in any district.
The two sides resume bargaining this afternoon.