BREAKING: Next teachers' strike on June 5 in SD43
Tri-City parents need to make arrangements for their school-aged kids as next Thursday will be the second round of job action by teachers in School District 43.
BCTF president Jim Iker notified the B.C. Public School Employers' Association in a letter this afternoon.
Education Minister Peter Fassbender reiterated the BCPSEA's latest offer of a $1,200 signing bonus and a six-year contract term, but indicated the union needs to modify its demands and stop strike action.
"I'm profoundly disappointed that while we're still at the table, with all of the talk that's been going on, that children and parents and communities are continuing to be held hostage and put in the middle of this dispute," Fassbender said.
The Labour Relations Board is to hear arguments Thursday on whether the school districts can cut teacher pay 10% in response to the union's withdrawal of services.
Here is the letter sent out to parents this week from SD43: http://www.sd43.bc.ca/Announcements/Attachments/256/Information%20for%20Parents%20on%20BCTF%20Strike_25%20May%202014.pdf
More to come...