Now that the Labour Relations Board has ruled teachers must still complete report cards and oversee provincial exams for students in grades 10 through 12, members of the BC Teachers Federation are staging more job action today.
Union leaders have offered assurances the kids are not in any danger because essential service levels are being met, but many teachers have set up lunch hour pickets… reminding the public they’ve been locked out by their employers.
Classes are set to resume as scheduled this afternoon.
Parents have been calling CKNW to complain about various other disruptions.. including the sudden cancellation of choir practices in Coquitlam.
CUPE support workers -voting on their new contract this weekend– are not expected to cross BCTF picket lines, but their new collective agreement includes compensation from the provincial government for pay they’ve missed out on during rotating strike action by the teachers.
If no deal is reached at the bargaining table with the BC Public School Employers’ Association before Monday, tomorrow could be the final day of classes.
Students and teachers are being asked to take their personal belongings home.. just in case.