BCTF and provincial government reach tentative deal; schools to reopen soon

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Earlier this morning, a tentative agreement was reached between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the provincial government.

The provincial government announced this morning that a deal was reached at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday after marathon negotiations that began Monday morning.

The details of the agreement have not been revealed to the public as the language of the contract is still being determined.

BCTF membership will vote on the details of the agreement this Thursday. A “yes” vote that supports the new proposed agreement will effectively end the strike. Students could return to class as early as next week, most likely on Monday.

Rotating strikes across the province began on Monday, May 26 while the full-scale strike began on Tuesday, June 17, ending the previous school year two weeks early.

The strike is now in its third week in the new school year. By the end of this week, students will have lost more than a month of classroom time between both school years due to the labour dispute.

 

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