Teachers pull the plug on extracurricular activities

Union says members will teach only to protest government legislation

  • Mar. 13, 2012 10:00 a.m.
Bruce Cummings

Bruce Cummings

Sports, music and other after-hours programs at local schools are coming to an end.

Members of the Vernon Teachers Association will withdraw from extracurricular and volunteer activities to express opposition to the government’s back-to-work legislation.

“We realize extracurricular activities are an important part of any student’s school experience but for us, there is an even greater principle: fairness,” said Bruce Cummings, VTA president, in a release.

“Bill 22 strips teachers of due process, free collective bargaining, professional autonomy, ignores the government’s illegal stripping of our collective agreement and it will allow for more large classes with less time for all students including those with special needs.”

Cummings said some teachers are not volunteering for extracurricular activities as of now while others will finish what the y have started and others will not start anything new.

See more in Wednesday’s Morning Star.