Little more than two weeks before classes are slated to resume at public schools across the province, the status of contract talks remains under a media blackout.
Hope was renewed last week when veteran mediator Vince Ready made himself available to facilitate labour peace between the BC Teachers Federation and the provincial government’s bargaining team.
While progress has been made negotiating wages, the key issue remains class size and composition.
The first day of school for most districts is September 2nd.
As the clock ticks down to see if the school year will start in September, the head of the BC Parent Advisory Council says it’s time for teachers and the province to sort it out.
“They’ve got the referee in place. Go play the game behind closed doors. We don’t want to watch it.”
Nicole Makohoniuk says, they don’t want to hear how much the teachers want or the province offering cash to cover child care - they want kids in school.
“It’s going to get louder from parents and parents are going to be leaving. We’ve heard this loud and clear that some parents are looking at home schooling. Some parents are looking at private school and I’ve actually gotten an email from one parent who says they’re leaving. They are moving to Alberta. They are done.”
Talks started again more than a week ago.
Mediator Vince Ready is monitoring these talks.
There is now a full media blackout.