Tentative agreement reached between Victoria and teachers

Teachers will vote on the terms of the contract between today and Friday

George Abbott

George Abbott

There could be labour peace in B.C. classrooms.

The provincial government and the B.C. Teachers Federation have reached a tentative contract settlement.

“The term of the agreement runs until June 30, 2013, sets out improved language to manage leave provisions, and is consistent with government’s net zero mandate,” said George Abbott, Shuswap MLA and education minister.

“In addition, the parties agreed to further discuss and seek mutually agreeable improvements on key policy issues to provide students with the best education possible.”

The tentative agreement will be voted on by BCTF members between today (Wednesday) and Friday.

The agreement leaves important matters unresolved,” said BCTF president Susan Lambert.

“The agreement provides for no improvements to class size and composition. Despite the BC Supreme Court ruling that Bills 27 and 28 are unconstitutional and invalid, government refused to redress this legislation, which stripped teachers’ collective agreements, restricted their bargaining rights, and eliminated provisions for class size and composition, as well as staffing ratios for specialist teachers who served students with special needs.”

Results of the ratification vote will be announced late Friday.