Local school board putting pressure on both sides in teachers strike to settle

B.C. teachers on the picket line during the 2014 strike.
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PENTICTON - The local school board is writing to provincial education officials urging them to come to a settlement agreement.

The board held a special meeting this morning to discuss what information trustees want included in the letter to be sent to the Ministry of Education and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation.

The idea of a letter came from citizen and teacher comments for the board to do something about the ongoing teachers’ strike.

Their top priorities included adding a term length to the negations to prevent revisiting the issues every few years while maintaining good relationships at the local level.

It will result in more effective bargaining in the end, said Trustee Ginny Manning.

Trustees also want a fair settlement clause included in the negotiated agreements so the education industry can be sustained and is adequately funded and a mediator to get the two parties together and come to an agreement.

Board President Bruce Johnson said trustees are hopeful an agreement will be reached by the time school starts in September.

A copy of the letter will be posted online for the public to see this afternoon.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at marcher@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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