The BCTF contributed to the strike pay for SD63 teachers and CUPE Local 441 to show its support, Mooring said. Peterson said teachers would like the provincial government to use available federal funds to reduce class „density” – that`s the number of physically present students in classrooms. „There`s nothing in my head other than having the cohort,” he said. Saanich teachers honor CUPE picket line during the BCTF negotiations with the province for a new teacher contract. (Black Press Media file photo) Saanich Teachers` Association President Don Peterson (fifth right, in green jacket) here during last fall`s auxiliary strike says rumors of a teachers` strike are „completely unfounded” if the school returns Thursday. (Black Press multimedia file) I was pleased to be in Saanich today to spend time with @BCTF63 teachers who support @cupe441 members on strike for fair wages. Saanich EAs, in particular, has significantly lower salaries than their colleagues. The result has been a significant shortage affecting students. #bced #bcpoli pic.twitter.com/nIhZTqI2Yg Teachers also acknowledge that cupE employees supported the teachers` strike in 2014, Howe said.
If both parties approve the report, they can continue with a treaty, but if they do not agree, future dates will be set for further negotiations. Schaub said it was premature to discuss a possible BCTF strike and stressed that teachers had not had a strike vote during this round of negotiations. Peterson dismissed rumors of a strike tuesday as teachers returned to schools across British Columbia, with students wanting to return to class Thursday amid rising COVID-19 cases. The head of the local teachers` union dismisses the strike rumours as „totally unfounded”. Both sides were unable to comment on the report on Thursday, with Schaub calling for a media blackout on Friday.m. The blackout applies to all parties involved, including teachers. BCTF President Teri Mooring did not believe that the CUPE Local 441 strike would affect BCTF negotiations, but noted that the situation was „unique” as teachers were „generally picketing”. „I have no idea where this is coming from,” said Don Peterson, president of the Saanich Teachers` Association, who himself heard the rumor. „Someone asked me (Monday) and I have no idea where it came from. We have a collective agreement.
We are not able to do any kind of work. Saanich teachers lost about two weeks` pay because they honored the line of local CUPE 441 pickets, said Carolyn Howe, senior vice president of the Victoria Association of Great Teasers. They received strike costs – $50 a day – thanks to a donation from the BCTF, she noted. RELATED: With B.C. Most closed schools, teachers reach a three-year interim contract He noted that both parties have regularly maintained their ground in negotiations and that no agreement between BCPSEA and BCTF have been negotiated without the participation of a third party since 1987. He also stressed that there were no concessions in the November 1 report. It found that the negotiations between the BCTF and the BCPSEA were long and less productive than the teachers had hoped. In the past, teachers have given up wages and benefits to improve student learning conditions and hoped that this time they would not have to make concessions on wage increases corresponding to the cost of living, Mooring said. The provincial government and 45,000 unionized teachers across the province have signed a new three-year agreement in the spring of 2020, which grants teachers a two per cent annual pay increase, retroactive to July 1, 2019.
In School District 63, the agreement applies to 650 unionized teachers. Last fall, SD 63 was the scene of a three-week labour dispute, in which unionized auxiliary workers demanded higher wages.