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Teachers ready to strike

The Central Okanagan Teachers’ Association will support a strike vote should contract negotiations come to that point, the president says.

Tuesday afternoon Alice Rees confirmed the B.C. Teachers’ Federation had called upon the association to discuss the matter at a recent governance meeting where it was overwhelmingly supported.

“It will still come back to members for a vote,” said Rees.

That vote would occur in the last week of June, meaning there is still plenty of time for the parties involved to avert job action.

This move simply gives both the government and the teachers’ bargaining agents a clear picture of where local teachers stand on the issues and how far they are willing to go to make a stand.

Earlier this spring teachers won an appeal in the Supreme Court when Justice Susan Griffin decided a Liberal manoeuvre to eliminate class-size limits from its Collective Bargaining Agreement with the BCTF was unconstitutional.

“We’ve seen cuts that are devastating and supports that should have been in place for kids just aren’t there,” Rees added.

She noted the past decade could be characterized as an onslaught of cuts with policies that aired toward privatization.

jsmith@kelownacapnews.com

 

 

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