School’s out for summer

Teachers’ job action escalates to full strike Tuesday; negotiations to continue over weekend

In all likelihood, Kimberley students begin their summer holiday today.

The BC Teachers Federation announced Thursday morning that they had served 72-hour strike notice and their job action was escalating to a full strike on Tuesday. Monday would be designated a study session with teachers meeting with union reps and the full strike begins on Tuesday, the union said.

However, it all could be averted if a deal can be reached as negotiations between the BCTF and the British Columbia Public Schools Employers Association are set to continue through the weekend.

BCTF president Jim Iker said Thursday that the BCTF was prepared to bring a new wage proposal and bargaining package to the table.

Of primary concern to many parents are senior students and writing of final exams.

School District No. 6 Superintendent Paul Carriere says that provincial exams for all Grade 12 students will be prepared and administered by teachers.

Last Friday BCPSEA filed an application with the Labour Relations Board to designate services required to enable secondary students to complete their school year and receive final courses as essential. The LRB has ordered teachers to have final grades for Grade 12 students ready no later than June 20, 2014.

Carriere also says that graduation ceremonies in the district will go ahead without change.

 

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