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With the provincial government still refusing to put the necessary funding on the table to reach a reasonable deal on issues like class size, composition, staffing levels, and fair wages for teachers, the BC Teachers’ Federation will continue rotating strikes next week, said BCTF President Jim Iker.

The rotating strikes will occur on four days next week; Monday, June 2, Tuesday, June 3, Thursday, June 5, and Friday, June 6. Every school district will be closed down for another full day.

“BC teachers are committed to negotiating a fair and reasonable settlement at the bargaining table,” said Iker. “That agreement, however, needs to include adequate funding to make improvements to important learning conditions, which are teachers’ working conditions. It’s time for Premier Christy Clark to free up the resources that will bring the two sides closer together and ensure students start the next school year with smaller classes, more support for children with special needs, and extra one-on-one time.

“We also expect the government to be flexible on their wage demands and show some good faith and willingness to move. Teachers know that bargaining is about compromise, but we cannot be the only ones expected to move. Collective bargaining is about compromise and moving forwards, not backwards.”

Iker also thanked parents for their ongoing understanding and support. “The reaction on the picket lines has been fantastic,” said Iker. “Parents know that we are working to improve the education system for their children. I also want to thank BC’s teachers who have remained so professional and committed to their students despite Christy Clark’s ill conceived, confusing, and chaotic lockout that was drummed up to justify her attack on our wages. BC teachers have showed incredible strength and resolve to achieve a fair deal for ourselves and better support for our students.”

See below for the strike schedule.

Rotating Strike schedule June 2–June 6 (no action Wednesday, June 4)

Monday, June 2
#20 - Kootenay-Columbia
#23 - Central Okanagan
#27 - Cariboo-Chilcotin
#35 – Langley
#37 – Delta
#38 – Richmond
#42 - Maple Ridge
#52 - Prince Rupert
#59 - Peace River South
#63 – Saanich
#68 – Nanaimo
#70 – Alberni
#83 - North Okanagan-Shuswap

Tuesday, June 3  
#10 - Arrow Lakes
#19 – Revelstoke
#22 – Vernon
#33 – Chilliwack
#36 – Surrey
#41 – Burnaby
#44 - North Vancouver
#45 - West Vancouver
#46 - Sunshine Coast
#57 - Prince George
#58 - Nicola Similkameen
#64 - Gulf Islands
#71 - Comox
#79 - Cowichan Valley
#81 - Fort Nelson


Thursday, June 5
#5 - Southeast Kootenay
#8 - Kootenay Lake
#34 - Abbotsford
#43 - Coquitlam
#47 - Powell River
#50 - Haida Gwaii
#51 - Boundary
#53 - Okanagan Similkameen
#54 - Bulkley Valley
#60 - Peace River North
#61 - Greater Victoria
#69 - Qualicum
#73 - Kamloops Thompson
#84 - Vancouver Island West
#91 - Nechako Lakes
#92 - Nisga’a

 
Friday, June 6
#6 - Rocky Mountain
#28 - Quesnel
#39 - Vancouver
#40 - New Westminster
#48 - Sea to Sky
#49 - Central Coast
#62 - Sooke
#67 - Okanagan Skaha
#72 - Campbell River
#74 - Gold Trail
#75 - Mission
#78 - Fraser-Cascade
#82 - Coast Mountains
#85 - Vancouver Island North
#87 - Stikine

School District #93 (Conseil Scolaire Francophone) schools will be closed with others in their local communities throughout the week.

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For more information, contact Rich Overgaard, BCTF media relations officer, at 604-871-1881 (office) or 604-340-1959 (cell).

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