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Vernon teachers return to the picket line

Teachers will picket in front of the Vernon School District office Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. - Photo submitted
Teachers will picket in front of the Vernon School District office Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
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With classes supposed to begin next week, Vernon teachers are attempting to escalate pressure on the government.

The Vernon Teachers Association will have picket lines in front of the Vernon School District board office Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

“We will concentrate our efforts at the school board office this week and should a deal not be reached, we will be on regular picket duty at our schools starting Sept. 2.” said Heather Malcolm, VTA president.

“In addition, the VTA is also calling on teachers, parents, and community members to attend a special public school board meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m.

”Teachers have been on a full-scale strike since June. Throughout the summer, formal negotiations have not continued although the BCTF and B.C. Public School Employers Association have been speaking about how to move forward," said Malcolm.

Mediator Vince Ready has agreed to monitor the situation and become involved when he sees the sides are prepared for mediation.

“Teachers welcome Mr. Ready’s involvement and have been calling for mediation for a long time. We want to be in our classrooms, we want kids to start school on time; we want mediation to settle this," said Malcolm.

"We are frustrated and disappointed that Education Minister (Peter) Fassbender and the Liberal government do not share this will."

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