Teachers’ strike likely to continue

  • Oct. 7, 2005 7:00 a.m.

Teachers will likely continue their strike on Tuesday, even with a ruling by the Labour Relations Board that their action is illegal.
QC District Teachers’ Association president Duncan White says teachers will not return to work until they have held a vote to change their current plan, which is to remain off the job until a resolution is reached.
There’s no hint of a vote taking place over the weekend, but he says teachers can easily pull together a meeting if the situation changes.
The strike began across the province on Friday morning, but didn’t have much impact on islands’ students as a district-wide professional development day was already scheduled.
Teachers walked the picket lines at islands’ schools and in front of the district office instead of attending workshops Friday. There is no school scheduled on Monday due to Thanksgiving.
The BC Public School Employers’ Association went to court Friday afternoon to ask for an enforcement order of the board’s ruling.
The district staff have been asked to monitor the situation on the islands, says superintendent Mike Woods. He didn’t know what this may mean by Tuesday morning.
“It is an illegal strike, so it depends on what the teachers decide to do,” Mr Woods said when asked what the strike means for the school district.
Mr. Woods suggested parents do not send their children to school, even though schools will technically be open on Tuesday.
There will be a principal at each school, but all CUPE staff, such as noon hour monitors, support staff and custodians are not crossing the picket lines.
Nor will there be any bus service.
Teachers are angry with Bill 12, legislation that freezes their wages and extends their current contract until the end of the school year.
Teachers want a cap on class size and a restoration of the number of teacher librarians, teaching assistant and counsellors to 2002 levels, when funding cuts reduced resources.

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