The union representing 40-thousand teachers across the province wants the BC Government to invest millions of dollars more in education funding to address issues of class size and composition.
In an updated memo to teachers, the BC Teachers’ Federation says that fund should be 225-million dollars.
The union says the “workload fund” would be used exclusively for the hiring of additional teachers.
On top of that, the teachers union wants a second 225-million dollar “retroactive grievances fund” to address other working conditions and improve health benefits.
In return, the union says it will withdraw grievances after a BC Supreme Court victory on class size and composition bargaining rights.
The memo says “Combined, the funds would immediately create better learning conditions for students and working conditions for teachers for the first day of school in September. At a cost of less than the price of the roof on BC Place, this is a fair and reasonable approach to improved funding for BC Schools.”
It also says ” the government’s own officials testified in Court that restoring the stripped provisions would cost an estimated $300 million.”
The statement says the BCTF is demanding an 8-percent salary increase over five years, while the BC Public School Employers Association is proposing a seven percent wage increase over six years.
The union wants a 5-thousand dollar signing bonus, while the employer is offering a 1200- dollar signing bonus if an agreement is signed by the end of June.
The union says no new agreements were reached yesterday, but the face to face talks were “positive.”
A BCTF spokesperson says bargaining resumed today, no word yet on any progress.