Education Minister Mike Bernier and Premier Christy Clark.

Tentative deal reached in teachers’ dispute

Deal will provide "thousands more teachers" for the next school year, says BCTF president Glen Hansman

The B.C. government has reached a tentative deal with the B.C. Teachers’ Federation to restore contract provisions ordered restored in November by the Supreme Court of Canada.

“The tentative agreement, if ratified, will allow the next school year to start with thousands more teachers, smaller class sizes, better class composition, and specialist teacher ratios,” BCTF president Glen Hansman said in a statement Saturday.

Education Minister Mike Bernier issued a similar statement, congratulating the parties for the “significant effort and professionalism that was brought to the table” in the four months since the court decision ended a bitter 15-year dispute.

The agreement has been endorsed by the BCTF executive committee and the B.C. Public School Employers Association, and now goes to a BCTF ratification vote next week.

As a preliminary step, the province set aside $100 million to hire 1,100 more teachers this year.

Details of the deal have not been released, but Hansman said earlier it would take $300 million a year to restore contract provisions removed by legislation in 2002 when Premier Christy Clark was education minister.

 

Just Posted

BC senior championship: Tie breakers to decide men’s, Richter goes undefeated in women’s

Marilou’s Richter’s Penticton/Kamloops team cruises to final with perfect record.

Maglio Building Centre sold to RONA

The stores in Nelson and Trail will remain open

Firefighters extinguish early-morning blaze in Rossland

Neighbour alerted family of four, no injuries reported

Nominations open for Trail-Warfield Citizen of the Year

Award presented annually for a person or group with an outstanding record of community service

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Sledder dies near Fernie

Fernie Search and Rescue was tasked by the RCMP to respond to a sledder in medical distress

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Most Read