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Teacher strikes to continue next week

Parents and teachers picket at Ecole de L’Anse-Au-Sable on Gordon Dr.
May 28, 2014 - 5:47 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN — If you have kids, be prepared to find alternate plans next week because the teachers’ union has announced a second week of rotating strikes, set to take place next week.

Students in the Central and North Okanagan School Districts (SD23 and SD83) will be home Monday, June 2. On Tuesday, the strikes rotate to Vernon (SD22), to Kamloops-Thompson School District on Thursday, June 5 and the Okanagan Skaha (SD67) teachers will strike on Friday.

B.C. Teachers’ Federation President Jim Iker delivered the announcement late this afternoon and noted a full withdrawal of service will take place at all worksites within each of the districts on the designated strike day.

The union and the province have been unable to come to an agreement during contract negotiations with both sides clashing over wages, class size and funding.

Phase one of job action began in April with teachers withdrawing communication with administration and supervisory duties outside of the classroom. They began the second phase of job action, rotating strikes, last week when they felt there was not enough movement at the bargaining table by the B.C. government.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infotelnews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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