Teachers take strike vote next week

  • Jun. 1, 2006 1:00 p.m.

Teachers around the province will be holding a strike vote next week, on June 7 and 8.
A favourable strike vote less than a year ago resulted in a two-week teacher strike in October.
The BC Teachers Federation says the provincial government has taken small steps towards addressing some of its class size and composition concerns, but it also needs to pay teachers much more.
According to the BCTF, the employer recently offered an 8-per cent salary increase over four years, while teachers are demanding 24-per cent over the next three years. The union says that teachers’ salaries here are lower than they are in Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The teachers’ current contract expires on June 30.