BCSTA urges both sides in teachers dispute to end job action and return to the bargaining table

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BC school trustees are calling on the two sides in the teachers’ dispute to drop their strike and lockout and start talking again.

The BC School Trustees Association has written a letter.

It says, now that both sides have agreed to mediation, why doesn’t the union drop the full-scale strike, and the government drop the lockout, and let kids finish their school year in peace?

With mediation now on the table, trustees urge he parties to start bargaining “non-stop,” “face to face,” and “away from the media.”

Even now, as they look for a new mediator, trustees say they should stop the strike and lockout.

The normally vocal union and employer have mostly stayed quiet since Vince Ready declined on the weekend to mediate the dispute.

Parents, kids and teachers are still waiting to here what they’ll do next.

No contract talks have been scheduled.


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  1. How can both sides drag their heels and not schedule talks on a somewhat regular basis? I’m getting tired of hearing “no talks scheduled for today”. If there is no settlement this week, summer school and year round schools should not be in session.

  2. Shame that Iker didn’t check with Ready before forcing the facilitator out of the negotiations. They could still be working towards an agreement. Doesn’t look good for those signing bonuses for the BCTF members.