Teachers rallying near Vancouver’s Cambie bridge say they’re hopeful a deal can be made now that Vince Ready is involved, but they’re not ready to take down their picket lines on Tuesday.
Julie Luciani says she has no faith in promises being made by the other side.
“Because I don’t believe the government is bargaining fairly, so if we went back, it would be very disruptive. We would probably be back for two weeks and then, we’d be out again because the government doesn’t play fair. We’ve been ready all this time. We wanted to do it at the end of the year when it would be less disruptive, but the government wasn’t playing ball.”
Other teachers say they want to be back in their classrooms on Tuesday, but not unless a tentative deal is in place.
The President of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’ Association —Dan Graves– says they have more faith in Ready than Education Minister Peter Fassbender and there’s still hope teachers can be back in their classrooms Tuesday.
“There’s no reason we can’t be. It’s really about government for the first time in 18 months, moving off their opening position. Stop spinning their wheels, stop with the empty slogans and stop with 12 years of letting public schools fall through the cracks. It’s their work now to come to the table and help us fix this.”
But Graves says picket lines won’t come done if no tentative deal is in place by the end of the long weekend.