As BC teachers enter the second day of a full scale strike, some local teachers’ associations are setting up food banks for its members.
President of the Surrey Teachers’ Association Jennifer Wadge says with teachers not getting paid, and the union’s strike pay fund dried up, some are facing financial hardship.
Wadge says they are even handing out 75-dollar gift cards to grocery stores.
“We bought approximately $5000 worth of gift cards, those went in about a week, the beginning of this week we bought another $5000 worth of gift cards for members, and we will be setting up our food bank at the end of this week.”
Some more well off teachers are also donating their strike pay from earlier this month to the “membership support fund.”
Teachers launched a full-scale strike this week to back contract demands after three weeks of rotating strikes that closed schools in each district for one day.
The union has asked for an eight-per-cent wage hike over five years and a five-thousand-dollar signing bonus while the government is offering seven per cent over six years and a 12-hundred-dollar bonus if a deal is reached by the end of the month.