The BC Teachers Federation is getting ready for a full-scale strike starting June 17th.
The union says it e-mailed members Wednesday night, and president Jim Iker confirmed the plans in a public announcement Thursday morning. Iker also says the BCTF is holding a province-wide “study session” on Monday, meaning unless there’s a deal Friday could be the last day of classes.
Mike Ball is president of the Nanaimo District Teachers Association. He says the government attitude during negotiations has left teachers little choice but to ramp-up their job action.
The Labour Relations Board has ruled final exams in Grades 10 through 12, and submitting final marks for Grade 12 by June 20th are essential services.( 20140612_092248828_No 2014- 05- LRB Order-Additional Essential Services-BCTF-June 16 2014 )
The BCTF heads into a full-scale walkout with a rapidly dwindling strike fund, but Louise Herle, president of the Sunshine Coast Teachers Association, doesn’t think that will change their resolve.
On June 12, Qualicum teachers are on the picket lines as rotating walkouts continue.
The Sunshine Coast School District has posted a notice for students and parents at its website. The Nanaimo Ladysmith School District is also expected to provide an update soon.