Susan Lambert wouldn't be pinned down Monday on what salary increase teachers expect from bargaining this year but she acknowledged that the BCTF and public-school employers - taking direction from government - are far apart on several issues.
In fact, there's not even agreement on how issues will be bargained, with the union pressing for more issues to be settled at local tables while the B.C. Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA) makes plans for provincial bargaining as it's been conducted over two decades. Lambert said bargaining has opened at the provincial table and 60 local tables but acknowledged that many of those tables are still discussing protocols. (Some boards of education have indicated an interest in tackling more issues locally, but others have not.)
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