Close to 70 per cent of the province's 41,000 teachers have voted to do nothing but teach this September if their employer and their union can't come to an agreement on a new teachers' contract before the summer is out. But with a possible provincial election this fall, how will a job action by one of the province's most powerful labour unions affect the deciding vote over our next premier?
The British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) revealed the results of their four-day vote this morning: 90 per cent of the 28,128 teachers who cast their ballots voted in favour of teach-only job action starting September 6 if a deal isn't reached between the union and the BC Public School Employers Association (BCPSEA). The two parties have been at the bargaining table since March, trying to hammer out a new five-year contract for the province's teachers.
"This is the latest chapter in a long and difficult history of teacher bargaining in this province," says BCTF president Susan Lambert, making specific reference to the passing of Bills 27 and 28 in January 2002 when Premier Christy Clark was minister of education.
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