The BC Teachers Federation put out a public request for mediator Vince Ready to step in and take over the stalled negotiations but it doesn’t look like that will happen any time soon.
Government Chief Negotiator Peter Cameron says Vince Ready is no longer an option.
“Vince has told Jim Iker and myself that he’s not available, his schedule is completely plugged until next week, so he is not available to mediate.”
Cameron adds the BCTF still wants too much money.
“We are willing to discuss with the union where we go from here, the problem is not as the union has defined it that we need a magic third party, the problem is the union is completely out of the ballpark in terms of its position an affordable many times what other people got and settled for.”
“It’s really over to them if they are in the mode of searching for some magic solution but the real solution is they’ve got to grapple with the fact that their wage and benefit solution is completely out of line.”
For now the parties are left without a mediator in sight.