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Government and BCTF to Meet But Not to Resume Bargaining Talks

Talks will resume on Wednesday between the two sides involved in the teachers’ labour dispute, but no bargaining is expected to take place.

According to the BC Teachers’ Federation, they will conduct exploratory talks with the B.C Public School Employers’ Association to find a way forward and the call for mediation.

The meeting was announced on Twitter by the BCTF.

On Tuesday, the B.C. School Trustees Association called on the BCTF and government to get back to the bargaining table with Trustee association president Teresa Rezansoff expressing her disappointment in a letter to BCTF President Jim Iker and BCPSEA Public Administrator Michael Marchbank.

“I strongly urge you to immediately commit to non-stop, face-to-face bargaining away from the media,” she writes. “Furthermore, until a mediator is found and can begin working with you, we urge both BCTF and BCPSEA to immediately suspend all strike and lock-out actions.”

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Veteran mediator Vince Ready, who was a top choice by both parties, has declined to get involved saying he is too busy. There has been no second-choice announced.

Also on Tuesday, the province applied to the Labour Relations Board asking that striking teachers be forced to teach summer school courses for high school students only.

It isn’t known when a decision will be made.

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