B.C. teachers' union rolls back salary demands, says no response from government

VANCOUVER - The B.C. teachers' union has moved for the first time in weeks on its wage demands and the union says it is yielding in several other areas in contract negotiations with its employer.

The B.C. Teachers' Federation and the government's bargaining agent were back at the table for a full day of talks Tuesday, as teachers continued a second week of rotating strikes.

A spokesman with the BCTF said the union was dropping its salary demand by one percentage point, bringing the request into the range 12 per cent over four years.

Richard Overgaard says the union also made seven other concessions on issues such as preparation time, benefits and teaching on call.

Overgaard says the union received no response on its proposal from the employer, which has been offering 7.3 per cent over six years.

The provincial Labour Relations Board is expected to deliver a decision later Wednesday on whether the employer has the proper authority to dock wages 10 per cent as part of its lockout provisions imposed while teachers take strike action.


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