Premier Christy Clark is urging the BC Teachers Federation to keep negotiating through the summer if no deal is reached by the end of the school year.
But Clark says it’s still possible to resolve the strike-lockout in the next month.
“As I heard one principal saying the other day, all strikes end, they all come to an end, so why put people, children and families through all this pain before we get there. All we have to do is roll up our sleeves and bargain hard and we can come to an agreement, I believe that.”
If that doesn’t happen, Clark says the union executive should bargain through the summer, instead of taking holidays.
While Jim Iker was not available for comment, Professor of law and employment relations at the University of Victoria, Ken Thornicroft says he supports the idea of continuing bargaining throughout the summer.
“If parties are serious about getting a contract, they should bargain through the summer, I don’t think a deal is that far away if the parties engage in good faith bargaining so I don’t think it would be terribly burdensome to negotiate once the school year has ended.”
Thornicroft says historically, bargaining does not take place through the summer.