Teachers strike in Kamloops

Teachers wave to supportive motorists outside of Stuart Wood Elementary School Wednesday.

KAMLOOPS - Day three of rotating strikes across the province had teachers in Kamloops hitting the pavement in an effort to move along contract negotiations with the provincial government.

The B.C. Teachers Federation announced last week it would stage rotating strikes this week after the province refused to negotiate on classroom size and other key items. The week before the province changed its offer to a six year term, down from the 10 years it was originally seeking. In mid-April the teachers announced phase one of job action would begin and no extra communication with administration would take place until an agreement could be made on the teachers contract.

Schools across the Kamloops-Thompson School District were effectively shut down Wednesday as teachers picketed outside of schools. The district track meet was also cancelled on Tuesday though all graduation and awards ceremonies planned this week are set to go ahead as scheduled. 

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.

Motorists support teachers striking alongside Stuart Wood Elementary.


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