REPORTING · 28th February 2012
The BC Teachers Federation declared Monday, February 27th as a Day of Action. After School Hours, demonstrations were organized outside of the schools.
“It was referred to as a from bell to bell day for teachers and during lunch, each of the individual staff at the school in Kitimat reviewed some of the demands of BCPC dating back to November 25th which was massive cuts to the current collective agreement. They also reviewed a number of articles and passed out pertinent information leading up to a possible escalation of job action later this week,” said Reid Nelson, President of the Kitimat District Teachers Association.
At Nechako, the teachers held signs and walked around the school. For Mount Elizabeth, the Teachers gathered on the front steps. The purpose of this action was to draw public attention to the fact the teachers continue want a negotiated settlement in the current contract disagreement.
The collective agreement expired on June 30th. The teachers want the contract negotiated. However, they are concerned by comments made recently about a negotiated settlement being unreasonable. The BCPC voted over the weekend a resolution to go back to the table and try to negotiate a settlement.
Nelson pointed out: Minister of Education George Abbott state the BC Government is putting millions of dollars more into Education, Education Critic Robin Austin has countered the money will not even be enough to cover inflation, the School Districts next year are going to experience a shortfall funding education.
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