A significant development in the ongoing teachers dispute.
According to the BC Teachers Federation veteran mediator Vince Ready has re-engaged with both sides about possibly stepping into the dispute.
The BCTF says Ready met with both the teacher’s union and the BC Public School Employers Association August 13th.
The union says Read has openings in his schedule this month.
Ready said no thanks when he was first asked to step into the dispute saying publically he was too busy.
Justice Stephen Kelleher then came on deck as mediator but both sides are now thanking him for his time.
There is a media black out as the two sides engage in last ditch efforts to get a deal done before school starts September 2nd.
The full statement from both BCPSEA and BCTF is below:
“Early in the summer, the parties met for exploratory discussions with Mr. Justice Stephen Kelleher. BC Teachers’ Federation President Jim Iker and Peter Cameron, BCPSEA chief negotiator, want to express their appreciation to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of BC for making Justice Kelleher available to assist the parties. They also want to express their appreciation to Justice Kelleher for his assistance, particularly given his demanding schedule.
Over the summer, discussions continued between Jim Iker and Peter Cameron, leading up to last Friday’s face-to-face session of the two bargaining teams.
Following that session, at the request of the parties, Vince Ready indicated his availability this week and later in August. The parties then asked Mr. Ready to engage with them in exploratory talks. Following telephone contact with the parties last weekend, Mr. Ready met separately with the parties on August 13. Mr. Ready agreed to monitor the situation, and to resume exploratory talks or commence full mediation when he believes it will be productive.
The parties agreed that they will not engage in public discussion pending further discussions with Mr. Ready.”