UPDATED: Teachers, employer open to mediation; waiting for Ready

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

There’s still hope B.C.’s teachers dispute can be resolved before the end of the month because government negotiators have agreed to the union’s request for mediation.

The government’s lead negotiator, Peter Cameron, says the only problem is that the mediator everyone wants, veteran Vince Ready, hasn’t said when or if he’s available, or whether he even wants to wade in.

“The question is, is he available within the time frame that the parties need and if he is, then we’ll go ahead and we’ll be going ahead at his direction in terms of timing.”

Cameron adds he still believes the sides are too far apart for him to be too hopeful about mediation.

Mark Brown, the facilitator who has long acted as the main go-between in the dispute, quit last night, saying he feels the union has lost confidence in him if it’s calling for Ready.

Both Cameron and BCTF president Jim Iker say they’ve contacted Ready’s office.

No talks have been scheduled yet.

Comments

  1. Iker is sound a little desperate. How is he going to break it to the members that the offer on the table from the employer on wages/benefits is going to be the deal they are going to have to take? A mediator can’t force the government to up their offer and why would they given all the other unions have accepted it.

    On composition there’s some room.

      • Any signing bonus is off the table in 10 days. Iker has members going to the media to say how bad things are after just 7 days of lost wages due to the strikes. The aides that provide the majority of the special needs support have already settled. Iker calls a rally at Canada place and according to the media perhaps 300 teachers showed up, the rest were from other unions. If Iker doesn’t get a deal by the 30th, his members will be looking at starting September without a pay paycheque. There’s no pressure on the government, they’ve stated the lock out will be removed at the end of next week and it’s up the BCTF to decide if they want to cancel summer school.

        So no ,not just from this story.

        And why would it be my wishful thinking, if they did sign and school was open monday, I won’t send my kids back. We have plans.

        • Whichever way anyone spins it, we need to invest adequately in our public education and we cannot allow further erosion. If we as a have province choose not to fund our education system properly, what will that mean later for our social and economic future? Teachers are defending and fighting for good education for all. It’s a fight I am willing to go in with whatever limited means we have, even if we suffer short term, for long term protection of our public education system. Everyone wins in the long run when you invest in public education.

          • I have no problem with the idea of more funding for the school system. I don’t believe giving the bctf twice what the other public sector unions received does anything to improve the system. The aides that work with the kids have already accepted the same level as the other groups.

            I believe there needs to be changes in how funding is managed. Currently the funding for a specific child is given to the school and they can spend it anyway they want, the funds don’t even have to end up in the same classroom. That has to change. Usually those funds are attached to a specific learning plan, what can happen is that plan doesn’t get executed and the child doesn’t improve.

          • William, yes we are in deep debt. What baffles me is how the same clowns who got us here are consistently re-elected. Also, this govt has over a billion dollars in contingency funds for things like this. What people need to realize is that Christy hates education. She couldn’t cut it in university, she was a buffoon as minister of education, her incompetence knows no bounds.

      • Well, Tony, I sure would have liked to have been a fly on the wall to hear Mr. Iker’s pleading with Mr. Ready !! Notice Mr. Ready “may be interested”. This tells me He’s not very interested as He can smell Mr. Iker’s desperation. I’d say the smart move for the Gov. is just let things ride until September.

        • It is really quite abnormal for one party in negotiations to contact and talk or discuss the situation with a prospective Mediator. He is either desperate or just doesn’t know any better, or being BCTF there are no rules unless the BCTF says so..
          I would have thought from the way Mr. Ready was treated last time, he would be gun shy.

          • @Dwight-

            You are right that it is abnormal for one party to contact a prospective arbitrator. But where did you get the idea that Iker was the only one to contact ready?

            If you had paid attention, you would have noticed Cameron has contacted ready as well. Read the story. Were you thinking that both should call Ready simultaneously? Because Ready can hold a phone to each ear?

            Now I remember you are the insider who claimed Ready or any other mediator/arbitrator would not touch a negotiation involving the
            BCTf. And you’ve repeated that nonsense again.

            So much for your Insite. Apparently, Ready has accepted the request and agreed to get involved.

  2. Rule number one in winning a strike is to put financial pressure on the other party. So what does General Ike do? He enriches his political enemies at the expense of his own members to the tune of 100 million a week, money that will take the next 3 years for a teacher to recoup. The government must be laughing all the way to the treasury. Why even bother to ask for concessions when the BCTF is volunteering hundreds of millions that the government can take credit for “special needs” funding- without collecting a single thin dime from taxpayers. Thanks to General Ike’s muscle flexing, Fassbender and Clark just won a 200 million dollar LottoMax. Meanwhile the BCTF is so broke, the Ontario teachers ponied up a Sally Ann donation. Nice gesture but unfortunately 25 bucks per member won’t even pay for a buss pass to the picket line. Mr Iker should swallow his pride and accept he is bargaining from his financial knees. Take the delusional demands off the table that only makes the BCTF look like greedy and unrealistic. Begging Vince Ready for a face saving resolution is not going anywhere when this government was elected on a promise of a balanced budget. One last bit of advice to General Ike from a real leader, General Patton who once said, if you’re going into battle with only one bullet, save it for yourself.

    • Unfortunately the BCTF have no means that will put financial pressure on the Liberal Government. The only way the BCTF can show their disagreement with negotiations is by disrupting the education of students and making things difficult for their parents. In the past, every time the public gets upset that there is no resolution to the dispute; the government Legislates the teachers back to work or tears up the contract .

      • Well they chose to wait for 16 months and now they’ve run out the clock. It’s doesn’t take a university degree to figure that striking over the summer isn’t the brightest plan. Ya think they’d learn.

      • I’d say starting the school year on strike cost the government 100s of millions in lost international students. That will be money they need to replace in the system…maybe…..

        • “I’d say starting the school year on strike cost the government 100s of millions in lost international students.”

          Good . . . and that will eliminate how many teacher jobs Alf?

          Iker is another in a long line of BCTF presidents who just Don’t Get It.

    • Won’t pay for a bus pass now your contradicting yourself, no wonder they are out on strike at your $25 for a Bus ticket. Funny, how everything now goes up in the billions with the right winger’s in Charge. What is the debt up to now and still the insanity of the balanced budgets. Seems this does not help the kids in the public schools to have a AAA credit rating we seem to be always broke for teachers, but never for Oil&Gas? Every time for the BCTF it’s Christy’s strike continued from 2005.

      • Ken . . . your confused ramblings and revisionist history are laughable.
        Oil and Gas PAY royalties to the Province . . . while the BCTF has been a radical gaggle of loons for over 30 years through three governments . . . even the Dippers could not reign them in.

        And Iker has been completely out flanked, took his troops out to the street with NO Warchest . . . what a complete disaster he is ! ! !

  3. BCPSEA does not want a negotiated agreement; they want to legislate one. They understand that there has to be a pretense of negotiation. Even if Ready gets involved, there will be no deal, but it will help to further the pretense of “good faith”. If they were really confident in their position each party would put it to an arbitrator. No instead, we’ll have legislation and another court challenge, and the dance goes on….. William said we don’t need a program, we know the script – I agree.

  4. Why would Ready want to get involved.? Iker called for facilitator Mark Brown replacement in the media, didn’t even have the decency to deal with him in person or by phone. Brown had been working on this for a year.

  5. Nothing- absolutely nothing in this story is congruent with the headline “Teachers’ employer says it is open to mediation.” The BCPSEA could be viewed as anything but enthusiastic about mediation when it releases a barrage of attacks on the union.

    No wonder they are unable to negotiate a contract.

    • The fact that a facilitator wasn’t able to get an agreement suggests that lack of enthusiasm to immediately appoint a mediator isn’t really an issue.

      Perhaps a union demanding more than twice in wages and benefits as compared to the other public sector unions might also be a stumbling block.

      • Teachers pay some of the highest union dues in the world, why do they not have any money? Do you suppose they have spent it fighting the last three Prov elections.

      • Employer 6.5 over 6 Average 1.08 per year

        Union 8 over 5 average 1.6 per year

        Explain how wage demands are double?

        How much are the benefits for other public sector unions costing…never hear the amount. I wonder why.

  6. Is Vince Ready the only mediator on the planet? The call for mediation is an attempt to end this thing. Some of the comments above are conjecture at best. One even quotes Patton – seriously? Some talk about Ready like they know him personally (“not even sure Ready wants to get involved”). When they say involved -they pay him for his services. He is not a volunteer. Again, if this were simply about wages – we could all send our kids to school on Monday (how bout 8% for six years? – end of story). The real money here is in the class composition portion of the negotiations. That will cost hundreds of millions. The real question is, are parents ok having their children in classrooms that have 30 or so kids and with five or six of those kid having learning disabilities? If so, fair enough – why should the teachers fight that fight? If not, then parents / citizens should be willing to pay for classrooms that allow teachers to meet the needs of each student. Anyone who believes that class size and/or composition is relevant has very little experience with groups of children. Those who have / do, understand how difficult it is to meet the needs of such groups. If you are ok with what I said above about class size and composition – then state that instead of criticizing teachers. Sure, you will save yourself tax dollars, but your children get less of a teacher’s attention. If you would rather have a classroom setting where teachers can better engage each and every student, then support the teachers. Anyone who thinks this is just about wages simply does not understand the things at play here – that would include General Patton above. For me, if it costs me an extra grand per year to support my two kids in school – I am good with it!

  7. Government won’t make a deal before the end of June. No summer school and no report cards.

    My question is can struck work be made up? (Report cards will be incomplete and usually work that is not done due to a strike is not made up, and shouldn’t be IMO).

    This could drag on until late Sept. (extended summer vacation for all!)

    • Summer school…international students pay which the districts pocket. What about students that need the summer courses to graduate or the ones that failed. Easy to say school is done…but in reality many high school students take courses year around in order to get ahead or caught up. Last point for all those that want to stick it to teachers..schools all dependent on teachers good will.. demoralized teachers are not what is needed for next 6 or 7 years. Get a fair deal done ASAP!

  8. Every Government Employee should be very worried if the Government can be allowed to unilateraly change a contract as Cristy Clark did when she was Education Minister.

  9. It absolutely drives me nuts hearing the rhetoric about the so called crisis in our schools. Can someone please show us measurable evidence of the “erosion” of the quality of outcomes of the students in BC. I mean really, if the system were to be as broken as the BCTF and it’s brain dead members were to have us believe, then surely we would see it in things like standardized testing and graduation rates, would we not? But, just the opposite is true.

    Wake up BC, we are being fed a pack of lies by this union. The only crisis is the bank balance at the TF, which they want to cure by artificially increasing membership on the backs of taxpayers.

    Proponents of smaller class sizes love to quote the STAR project as the definitive source of information on the subject. Well, guess what metric that study used as it’s baseline. None other than standardized testing. So let’s connect the dots here. Smaller class sizes mean better results for students according to standardized testing. But our students in BC are already at or near the top of all standardized tests, both here in Canada and in the world. But then teachers and their outdated union will argue that standardized tested means nothing. And thus, the circle is complete.

    • Well John, if that is the case then teachers do deserve a raise for a job well done (that’s how it supposed to work right?).

      But class sizes and composition do matter. If you ever taught a class you would understand. The funny thing is that all the rich folks out there (including the MLA’s and Christy Clark) send their kids to private schools where they all advertise small class sizes and great student to teacher ratios. These same schools are all subsidized by your hard earned tax dollars.

      That’s the hypocrisy that exists in this current dispute. Our government will have you believe that class sizes and composition do not matter on one hand but on the other hand they send their kids to private schools where class sizes do matter and make a difference.

      • Or, R, if you look at it the other way ……. Only 1/2 of the tax a Parent who sends the children to a Private school goes to the school (Their child). The other 1/2 helps pay your wages with the Parent getting nothing in return. Now, what’s fairer ??

        • My point is that if you are going to choose to send your kid to an elite school then pay for it yourself. Taxpayers should not subsidize private schools at all.

          You rich folks get enough tax breaks already and to top it off you get another tax deduction for sending your kid to a private school.

      • You managed a whole lot of deception in one comment.
        I haven’t heard anyone (well, maybe one) say teachers don’t deserve a raise. Nor have I heard class size and comp don’t matter – even from the government. They do matter, but not at the bargaining table.
        What school anyone chooses is their choice for their reasons and they pay extra for it. It only becomes political when they use it for their own gain – which hasn’t been the case has it? That pretty much makes it none of your business.

    • So if results were poorer you would agree to give system more money. ..I bet not…you would say..fix it before I pay more money into broken system…people like you want it both ways.

      If everything so great..lets reward the people making it happen.

    • Wake up indeed. Get your head out of the sports section and you might actually see things as they are. The erosion of public education will destroy this province. The problem is that the knuckledraggers cannot see more than one year in the future. You want evidence? Look at Margaret Thatcher’s England or Ronald Reagan’s USA. These are two cases where they went down the path thattheBC government is taking us. The effects take a long time tone felt but look at where those two countries are today. Intellectual wastelands where people don’t understand basic science.

  10. Norman, maybe I should thank all the parents who perhaps do a better job than their counterparts in other provinces. Maybe I should thank the Ministry of Education for setting a better curriculum than other provinces. Maybe I should thank the students who are just smarter than their peers in other provinces. And, yes, maybe I should thank the teachers who outperformed teachers in other provinces. But R, you are paid handsomely already so please quit begging.

    And R, please proved some evidence in factual form that class size matters or justifies the massive expenditure of taxation to alter it. Remember, we as taxpayers could care less if you as teachers feel that you have to work a bit harder than the previous generation of teachers. Give us factual evidence that today’s class sizes affect student outcomes and then I will listen to your continuous whining with something other than distain.

    • If class size doesn’t matter, then why not put forty or fifty kids in one room? How about those kids who need more support than their peers – surely you cannot contend that these kids are served in a class of thirty students. You ask for evidence, I assume you mean a study, that proves class size is irrelevant. I would, respectfully, ask you to demonstrate one single study that proves the claim, some of us are making, as false. If pupil teacher ratio is not important, then why do people pursue private or small group lessons in other endeavours? How bout tutors? Tutoring business is booming and I believe it is because students cannot get enough of the teachers’ time. Not sure my teachers worked harder than teachers now, I would bet they didn’t – maybe equally, but not more.

      • I believe I stated that the current system and student/teacher ratios is working very well for the students. You would have to show me where I advocated for higher ratios as I do not recall saying that. I am simply stating that there is absolutely no evidence that the current system is broken, so why would I want my tax dollars wasted on “fixing” it?

        As for studies that refute the claims of better student outcomes from lower class size, there are many available, but it would be best if you sought them out yourself. A good read on the subject is Malcolm Gladwell’s most recent book David and Goliath, but the best results of research are those done yourself.

        Then there is the thorny subject of private schools. Yes, these businesses do pander to prospective clients with claims of smaller classes. Much like the Coca Cola Corporation would have us believe that drinking Diet Coke is somehow healthy. It is a false marketing claim.

        Tutoring – seats at post- secondary institution are hard to come by, so parents will seek any and all advantages available for their kids.

        • OK John, if you had a choice of putting your kid into a hockey school over the summer would you choose a school where they have a limit of 20 kids and 4 goalies or a school that has a limit of 30 kids and 8 goalies.? (assuming they have the same number of coaches on the ice)

          The same is true of class size limits.

          Don’t get me started on composition. Have you ever been to a practice where there are 5 or 6 kids that are just learning to skate and the rest are rep players?

          • “Have you ever been to a practice where there are 5 or 6 kids that are just learning to skate and the rest are rep players?”

            Not a very good analogy as it just does not happen ! ! !

            Back in the day I attended an elementary school with about 36 kids in a class . . . and THREE Grades . . . of course teachers back then just had to teach fewer subjects . . . Reading, Writing and Math . . . .
            Today they are under so much more pressure, Teaching Gorebulll Warming, Socialist Engineering and all about 3 bathrooms . . .

    • John give my regards to Peter Cameron when you snuggle into bed with him tonight!
      The liberals have lost 2 court cases now about their policies and practices in education and how “legal ” they were. There needs to be a restoration of funding because of that……..at a cost to the tax payer… Because of the liberals …. Not the bctf

      • Ah yes, the old bait and switch ploy. When presented with evidence that is diametrically opposed to your own beliefs, lash out at the messenger and then bring up an unrelated subject. Classic.

        • is that your best response…??? He just made a solid point, and all you have to say is “Why are you being mean to Me..” Is he right John..??.Yes he is…What’s your real response to Chris’s factual information… please respond…

          • Well Dave, you certainly have your panties in a knot today

            So, the facts and only the facts. No, I did not sleep with Mr Cameron last night nor will I tonight.

            As for the court rulings, last time I checked, a judge whose last name is not Griffin stayed the ruling. The govt feels that the original ruling was not legally correct, so they have appealed. This exactly the same as the HEU a few years ago. They appealed a ruling that favoured the govt and had that ruling overturned. So, I suppose Chris would have chastised the HEU for wasting time and money for appealing back then.

            Soooo, the obvious question for Chris and Dave, why in your infinite wisdom would the govt appeal a ruling that they believe to be incorrect and then turn around and throw money away at a problem that does not exist.

            If any of this above your level of comprehension, please let me know and I can put together another version of this with smaller words.

    • John, actually according to the stats very thing has improved since 2001. So you are exactly right. Why do we need that kind of money spend? What will it accomplish if we are already there, other than make the Teachers job easier? But that is not what they are bargaining for. They are bargaining for the kids.
      Also interesting that they feel if they do a good job they should get extra pay.
      BCTF’s new merit pay system: do poor job, full pay, do average job, full pay, do good job, lots more pay. Excellent job, whole lot more pay. WE will tell you how much after you agree.

      • @ Dwight, “WE will tell you how much after you agree” just like you tell the policemen, firemen and nurses right? All who make $100,000 plus and are also paid regardless of doing a poor job, average job, or good job what’s your point?

        (Remember all other workers in this world are paid for doing overtime, all teachers are expected , and do work overtime with no pay).

        So teachers don’t deserve a raise until you say so?

        From that comment I would bet they would be waiting another 4 years or more.

    • Which is easier John…3 kids living under your roof or 5… ??? Is that enough factual evidence…Let me hear how having 5 kids to take care of is easier than 3…You do that:

      “and then I will listen to your continuous whining with something other than distain.”

      • I believe the question should be: Will kids from a family of five turn out any different than kids from a family of three. Remember, we are talking about outcomes for students, not making life easier for teachers.

          • If that was not your point, then you disguised it very well. From what I can see, your concerns in this debate do not focus on students, but rather you focus solely on how difficult you view your teaching job as. I have asked you to provide proof that students in BC schools are in any way being negatively affected by class size and you reply that it is easier to teach smaller classes. As I have already posted, I think there is an argument to be made for more EA’s to assist with truly challenged students, but that is not what the TF is fighting for, is it.

            Then there is the classic God complex so common amongst you and your fellow teachers. We are sacrificing more for children than parents do. I mean, I do not even have to comment any further on that statement as it stands completely on its own as to what the core problem is with teachers in general. And, I really have to ask, were you joking when you stated “We teach them but their (sic) not our kids”? Did they not cover the fact that a teacher is paid very handsomely to teach the children of others back at teacher school?

            So, in summary, yes teachers are entitled to a raise, but nothing more than other BC provincial civil servants. No, there is no merit in spending untold amounts of money on class size due to the lack of an actual problem. And, yes, it would make sense for severely challenged students to receive help from more EA’s in the system. And, yes the teachers in the BCTF are acting like very young children have a temper tantrum. Any other questions you need help with?

      • No lets talk about composition… Imagine in your house with 5 kids..1 of them has down syndrome, one is ESL, one has ADHD, and one behaviour problems…How much easier is it looking now John…I can’t wait to hear how this makes no difference…These our are classrooms today John…NOT FICTION, FACT…!! You should come by and visit one day…Let me save you the comment Ron…”Maybe you should quit, and get another job…!!” Is that really the problem,?? or does the composition I’ve just described seems good to all of you that have never actually worked in a school…Waiting for responses.

        • Just out of curiosity, are the parents in this scenario flaying around on the floor in a tantrum and waling that unless the government gives them more money they will lock the kids in the basement for their own good? Waiting for your response.

          BTW, I actually do agree with you regarding composition, but I do not believe that teachers are the solution. You can hire a lot more CUPE EA’s to look after the truly challenged kids than if you fill the positions with BCTF members. Simple economics. And, if I recall correctly, the recent CUPE settlement committed to both more EA’s and better training for them. Maybe not the end of the problem, but the start to the end of the problem.

          Hey, give my regards to Chris tonight when you snuggle into bed with him.

          Waiting for your response. Still.

          • Is that really what happening John…Are we acting like babies because we area actually concerned that this is the problem in a lot of classes in BC… What I don’t understand is why the teachers are sacrificing more than the parents…We teach them but their not our kids… I would think as a parent you would want this to change…

          • I would’t say “we” (teachers) are acting like babies, mostly just you. If you really think you “sacrifice” more than parents your arrogance has duped you again.
            You’re trying to change the education system from a completely mistaken and self-serving perspective. That approach has totally failed for the past 4 decades hasn’t it?

  11. So BCTF was the first willing to put getting a deal in the hands of a independent third party. Government reluctant…is it because some of things they are demanding would not go over well with a mediator….They want to void the teachers contract once the BCTF wins in appeals court. On wages. ..that can easily be dealt with a skilled mediator without causing me to clauses to kick in. On class size and composition. ..wait until courts decide…grievances. ..don’t want to pay no…okay then if you lose..you will have to pay more to BCTF later. The government has saved enough in wages to deal with this stuff without impacting budget.

  12. My point Ron…Now follow very slowly, is that as a parent I should be more concerned about my child’s education than the teacher, being that its my child…Are you with me so far…???? The teachers are willing to stay on strike, because we believe that the Gov’t should be funding the system more…I know that you believe its going great…And I’m pretty sure you haven’t been in a school for a very long time, if ever… Shouldn’t the parents be more upset about what’s going on..?? shouldn’t they be walking off their jobs to protest the underfunding…?? I believe that any parent whose child is in the public system should be protesting and not just siding with the teachers…Have you been able to follow my point this time Ron…?? I can try again if needed…

    P.S. Please proof read my post and inform me of the speeling grammatical errors… When in doubt of a good response you can always point out I’ve made an editing error..

    • You must have somehow thought I wanted clarification from you. Duh. Your mistake. Your self-importance is clear enough. You should get back to meaningful stuff like watching the pavement.

  13. So it would appear that the brain trust at the BCTF got the members all whipped into a frenzy about how everything would work out great if we just get Vince Ready involved. They even staged a rally in Vancouver. Held press conferences. After a while, they even asked the employer if they would also like to do this. All, of course, before they asked Mr Ready if he was interested.

    Now, to no surprise, it appears that Mr Ready would rather put needles in his eyes than try to deal with the whiny teachers. OK, that is my spin, but what an appalling lack of intelligence there would appear to be at the helm of the TF. Just for future reference there Jimbo, the usual method of engaging a mediator is to quietly approach your negotiating counterpart and come up with a suitable mediator. Then you both contact the mediator to find out his/her availability. Then you both cooperate to book the mediator. Then you have a press conference. Anything else will make you look bush league. Oh, hang on, that train pulled out of the BCTF station a very long time ago.

    Hey, maybe the TF can ask former facilitator Mark Brown to step up to be the mediator. I am sure he now speaks very highly of the teachers and their bumbling union after they treated him with utmost respect.

    • Since you used the term “bush league”, I would like to point out that Fact-bender looked like a fool when he announced the teacher lock out. Talk about amateur hour.

      I’m locking the teachers out 45 min before school and after school and on June 25, 26, 27. Oops many activities take place before and after school (field trips, grad ceremonies, band concerts etc.) Oops provincial exams need to be marked, and elementary kids are going to miss out on the end of the year activities.

        • I don’t think you do get it Ron…here’s some more Factual stats for you…Please let me know what you think:

          Everyone has to immediately stop saying,

          “ Teacher’s salary demands are much higher than what other public sector unions settled for. ”

          Because that’s not true.

          Firefighting and police are public sector unions.

          Coquitlam Firefighters got 6% over two years, and all other Metro Firefighters got within a quarter percent of that; except for Delta Firefighters of course, who got 20% over 8 years.

          Recently, Vancouver Police quietly got 8.8% over three years.

          And city workers? Burnaby CUPE, bus drivers, Hydro, B.C.I.T., B.C Pavillion, all 4% over 2 years; Skytrain 5.75% over 3 years.
          Prince Rupert city workers got 18.25% over 4 years.

          All of these settlements are more than 2% per year, just above the inflation rate and more than what the teachers are asking – 8% over 5 years.

          And in the downtrodden private sector; locals of the Machinists and Steelworkers unions got 9.5% over 3 years and Unifor – 10.5% over 3 years.

          Federally, CUPW (posties), got 7.25% over 3 years.

          According to Stats Can, the average public and private sector settlement in 2013 was 2.59%.

          Were B.C’s teachers to get the average Canadian salary settlement for 2013, it would be 15.54 % over the six years the government insists on.

  14. But good news for the BCTF, if you look at Mr Ready’s availability online (which it would appear that nobody thought to do), he is next available in the morning on November 12th. And then again for a full day on December 17th. Given that you will still likely be on strike during that timeframe, this could be very useful information.

    You know, if I was a teacher in BC, I would be asking for a refund on my union dues.

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