At their recent executive meeting, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation passed a motion of support for the Vancouver civic and library workers in their attempt to achieve an equitable and respectful collective agreement with their employer.
“The teachers of the province join with others in their sincere hope that the city and library employees in Vancouver will be back at work in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families,” says Irene Lanzinger, president of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation. “We really can’t understand why our city workers are out on the picket line for so long when all the municipalities around us settled with their employees without losing a day of work.”
Lanzinger said that the attitude of the mayor toward the strike is disappointing. “Does the mayor care that students and their families have been without library services and recreation programs most of the summer and since school opened?”
City libraries and community centres offer programs throughout the school year that augment the curriculum and ensure that students have a safe and nurturing place to go after school and on the weekends.
“The Federation has experienced its own labour problems this year and we know that strikes are hard on everyone,” acknowledged Lanzinger. “The sooner this is over the better for everyone concerned.”