of the BC Teachers’ Federation have voted to ratify the agreement-in-committee
reached on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, with the government’s bargaining agent,
the BC Public School Employers’ Association.
province-wide vote conducted on September 18, a total of 31,741 teachers cast ballots and 27,275 voted yes, 86%.
all know this deal isn’t perfect, but it provides some gains for teachers,
protects our Charter Rights, and
increases support for students,” said BCTF President Jim Iker.
was a very tough round of negotiations and a difficult time for many of us on
strike, but we successfully pushed back against concession demands and we have
emerged as a stronger and more engaged union. Through the hard work of our
teachers, British Columbians now fully understand the real issues facing our
public education system.”
announcing the vote results, Iker thanked teachers for their resilience and
teachers, you have inspired me day in and day out for the last 18 months,” said
Iker. “Your strength on the picket lines and passion for your profession helped
us make gains this week that were not possible at any point over the last three
months. Thank you for standing strong and doing what you believe is right.
week, teachers will be back in classrooms and we will be working to ensure the
new gains in this agreement begin to flow as soon as possible. That means more
classroom and specialist teachers in schools to help students, our teachers
teaching on call getting fair pay for a day’s work, and a salary boost for all
Iker concluded by once again thanking the
thousands of parents, students, concerned citizens, and other union members who
supported teachers through the negotiations and job action.