This is deadline day in the teachers strike, but getting information on the status of contract talks, or even if contract talks are taking place, is hard to come by.
BCTF spokesperson Rich Overgaard will only say
“We’re still in a blackout.”
A Ministry of Education spokesperson says,
“There are no updates at this time.”
Neither side was commenting on the weekend.
The union has said there had to be a deal by the end of the day or they’d strike all summer.
The government has said there had to be a deal by the end of the day or it would withdraw its 1200-dollar signing bonus.
The head of Vancouver School Board hasn’t given up hope that a deal can be done.
Speaking on CKNW’s Bill Good Show, Patti Bacchus says today is make or break day for the negotiations, and if there there is going to be a deal, it would happen today.
“It’s a terrible situation right now to have hanging over everyone as we go into summer break. I have to be an optimist being in my role as a school trustee in BC. I think it’s not impossible. The pressure is there and I hope that it’s resolved.”
Bacchus says the School Board is still working on interpretting the Labour Relations Board’s ruling on summer school.
She says it is so narrow they are not even sure if it applies to any students interested in summer school.