Some surprisingly optimistic comments from the First Vice-President of the BC Teachers Federation, as the union launches week #2 of its rotating strikes.
According to a story on the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils website, Glen Hansman was asked yesterday at the organization’s annual meeting about bargaining through the summer.
Hansman said it might not be necessary and the union thinks it’s possible to reach a deal this week.
He told the meeting the two sides aren’t as far apart on wages as has been reported in the media, and the union proposals on class size are similar to what is already in place, atlhough the BCTF wants action o secondary school classes with more than 35 students.
B-C Teachers Federation President Jim Iker walked the picket line this morning with teachers at a Richmond high school, and he was asked if a deal can be reached this week.
He says, “Anything is possible but we need government to bring the funding, we need government to show the will. And despite the comments being made in the media, this government has not shown any will.”
Contract talks continue today and continue Thursday and Friday.
Schools in 13 school districts are behind picket lines today, including those in Langley, Delta, Richmond, and Maple Ridge.