The BC Teachers Federation will be electing a new president Monday.
After spending three one-year terms at the helm of the BCTF, Jim Iker is moving on.
In an address to the BCTF this weekend, Iker thanked teachers for their support.
“I can’t thank you enough for your support, encouragement, and solidarity over these past years. I want to thank all of you for what you do everyday in your classrooms, schools, and in your communities.”
Iker was the one who helped guide teachers in the province through a challenging and at times exhausting three month strike in 2014, as they battled the province over the issues of funding, class size, and composition.
The full-scale strike began in mid-June and it took marathon talks well into the overnight on a mid-September day for a deal to finally be struck.
He was eventually able to negotiate a six-year deal with the province to end the labour war, which included a 7.25% pay raise for teachers.
BCTF spokesperson Rich Overgaard says only one person has stepped up to run for the role of president.
Glen Hansman, the BCTF’s current first Vice-President has thrown his hat into the ring.