Vancouver News

B.C. teachers' pay to be cut Monday: employer

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - The group representing B.C.'s 60 public-school boards at the bargaining table with teachers says promised wage cuts will take effect Monday, the same day rotating strikes are set to begin around the province.

The BC Public School Employers' Association says in a letter to the teachers' union that a five-per-cent wage reduction will jump to 10-per-cent on the first day the teachers' walkout affects any schools.

It also says the employer will lock out secondary school teachers June 25 and 26 and all teachers June 27.

The BC Teachers' Federation has tweeted that it will respond to the developments on Thursday morning.

Union members voted 89 per cent in favour of striking in March, and teachers stopped supervising students outside the classroom or communicating in writing to administrators during the first phase of job action.

Both sides remain firmly divided over wages, class size, the composition of those classes and the length of the contract term.

"To date BCTF has given no indication it will be making a significant change in its position which would be expected in collective bargaining and is very disappointing," writes Michael Marchbank, the association's public administrator.

"BCPSEA wants to achieve a negotiated settlement before the end of this school year in order to provide stability for students, parents and teachers."

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Bob Wells: Driven by experience, passion and energy
 
Fostering provides multitude of memories
 
Campbellton planning big (and little) changes
Terror turns triumphal as Parliament unites
 
Security stepped up in B.C. after attacks in Ottawa
 
Cyclists tout green crossing over ravine
Music lovers open doors
 
If you could read my mind
 
Reel Reviews: Fury rides into horrors of war

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 23 edition online now. Browse the archives.