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Premier Christy Clark has laid out her proposal for a decade of labour peace in BC schools.
Clark's plan includes a new education policy council that gives the BC Teachers Federation more input; a more transparent bargaining process with early mediation; and a 100 million dollar priority education fund in the third year of the deal.
"To go directly into classrooms to benefit students in a very real way."
Perhaps most controversially, teachers' wages would be indexed to other major public sector unions.
"It means that all sides need to give something up, but think about what we're getting....ten years of labour stability for our kids."
The next step is to work directly with the union to explore the proposed framework, just as contract talks are set to resume in March.
The Premier and the Education Minister both say the BC Teachers Federation was consulted on the framework, but that goes against what the union president has said.
Before the framework was unveiled, BCTF President Susan Lambert says she was in the dark about what that plan, which directly affects her members contains.
Hhen asked why, Premier Christy Clark says it's her job to be a leader.
"Setting a framework out there and offering it out for people's comments and discussion. And that's what leadership is about"
That said, Clark says she doesn't want to rush through a deal before the May election, adding she wants to sit down with teachers to make sure they can agree.
The government says it did take input from the union and other groups and the Premier welcomes more.