The President of the BC Teachers Federation says the provincial government squandered an opportunity in weekend talks to reach a deal in the current contract dispute.
“We made all these proposals, reducing our wage proposal, a new fund for class size and composition and potential fix for retroactive grievances on Friday, and then we waited. The government did not respond fully until Sunday evening, almost a full 48 hours later.”
JIker says the government’s wage offer last night was actually for less money than before.
He says the union’s executive committee will meet later today to discuss all options.
The union has planned a full-scale strike for tomorrow.
Peter Cameron, the lead negotiator for the government in the ongoing BCTF dispute, describes the union’s take on weekend bargaining as “completely wrong.”
Cameron says it’s nonsense that the union claims the government has dropped its wage offer.
“I can’t characterize that as anything other than a misrepresentation, and I don’t like to say that.”
Bottom line for parents and students: plan on no school for tomorrow.
Premier Christy Clark, meanwhile, is again accusing union leaders of putting children in the middle, but she wouldn’t comment about returning any money saved by this week’s walkout to public education.
“I’m going to leave the issues, those issues to the bargaining table for all those folks there that are professionals at this, but I really want to see a way to get this agreement done and this strike ended.”
The government stands to save more than $80 million every week picket lines are up.