BC teachers to begin full-scale strike on Tuesday, June 17

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British Columbia’s 40,000+ teachers will initiate a full-scale strike on Tuesday, June 17. This comes after yesterday’s full-scale strike vote results, which was overwhelmingly in favour of escalating job action.

According to CBC Vancouver, BC Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker will make an official announcement on Thursday morning. This fulfills the union’s duty to provide parents and their employer with three working days’ notice of a full-scale strike.

A record turnout of 33,387 teachers casted their ballots in the vote, which resulted in 28,809 (86%) voting in favour of a full-scale strike and 4,578 (14%) voting against escalations.

The full-scale strike will continue until the provincial government and the BCTF are able to successfully negotiate new terms. Job action could also end if the provincial government decides to implement back-to-work legislation.

For elementary students, schools will be closed and the school year could likely come to an early end. Parents will receive report cards, but the written comments could be shorter than usual.

Secondary schools will probably see a partial opening to allow Grade 10 to 12 students to complete their exams. The provincial government has vowed that exams will be marked and final grades will be sent to students, but there could be delays.

The provincial government has submitted a request to the Labour Relations Board to declare exams and report cards an ‘essential service’.


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