IN PHOTOS: Teacher rally draws hundreds

Hundreds of people rallied in support of teachers Thursday afternoon.

KAMLOOPS - By the time noon hour was over more than 300 people had gathered at the foot of the Overlanders Bridge to show support for teachers and hundreds more showed support by honking and waving as they drove by.

Kamloops Thompson Teacher's Association President Jason Karpuk says while not surprised, he was happy with the turnout.

"It's about what I expected," he says. "A lot of people are sick of it."

Members of other local unions, parents and students joined the rally, which Karpuk says helped fill out the rally, given some teachers had to remain in front of all the local schools as part of the strike as well.

Many of the people in attendance were somewhat shocked there is still no agreement and there was lots of talk of class compositions during the rally as well.

Teachers will take a vote next week to decide whether they will do a full strike heading into the final week of the school year. They have conducted rotating strikes over the past two weeks following more than a month of stage one job action. Students across B.C. conducted a walkout Wednesday to protest being used as pawns during contract negotiations.

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