April 25, 2014 - 8:01 AM
VANCOUVER - Talks between the B.C. government and the province's unionized teachers are stalled one day after limited job action began.
Peter Cameron, chief negotiator for the employers association, says the BC Teachers' Federation isn't able to make any serious moves on the outstanding issues at the bargaining table.
He says if the stalemate continues, the province will have to respond to the teachers' Stage 1 job action with pressure of its own, but he didn't elaborate on what that would mean.
Wages, class size and composition are the major stumbling blocks between the government and the province's 41,000 teachers.
Job action began on Wednesday, with teachers refusing to supervise students outside the classroom or communicating in writing with administrators, which prompted about a dozen school districts to cancel recess.
Union president Jim Iker says the government and employer refuse to budge on a proposed 10-year contract, wages, and putting class size and composition matters back into the collective agreement.
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