Teachers to vote on full-scale walkout

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Vote will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday

Renee Bernard Feb 24, 2012 21:40:27 PM   http://www.news1130.com


VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The BC Teachers’ Federation is raising the possibility of full-scale job action. The province’s teachers will have the chance to vote in favour of a walkout on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Teachers are already staging a “day of action” on Monday, which will see them engage in union meetings during the lunch hour, and demonstrations after school.
But federation president Susan Lambert admits the Labour Relations Board (LRB) ultimately determines how much action they can take.
“We are under essential services legislation. We are applying to the LRB to look at what can happen with a full-scale withdrawal of service. That will be an LRB decision,” she points out.
Lambert was asked if she thought a full-scale walkout would garner the support of parents.
“I think parents understand the hard work that the teachers do. I know that parents understand how difficult it is to teach in worsening conditions after a decade of underfunding with higher class sizes and fewer supports for students with special needs,” she insists.
Teachers are angry about legislation that will force an end to their current job action. Right now, teachers are refusing to fill out report cards and supervise students outside classroom hours. Contract talks have been underway for about a year.


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