B.C. teachers plan to picket outside summer schools if a new contract can’t be reached in the next five days.
BCTF president Jim Iker says they didn’t take this decision lightly.
“It’s been a painful decision for us – to take the strong stand that we’re taking for our students for learning conditions and for our members because it’s their working conditions.”
Iker is asking parents and all B.C. residents to pressure the premier for a deal.
He says there’s room for compromise, but would not say specifically on what.
He says what’s most important is to get a mediator involved.
Both sides plan to sit down in what are being called “exploratory talks” this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.