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Teacher strike action begins

Stage one strike action began in schools across the province Wednesday, limiting teachers from performing certain duties.

Dr. Karen Nelson, superintendent of schools for Fraser Cascade, issued a letter to parents this week outlining how that will affect students.

"Teachers will not perform duties that have been declared non-essential by the Labour Relations Board," she explained. That includes meeting and communicating with management, as well as the supervision of students before and after school, at lunch hour and at recess.

"Teachers will continue to take attendance, mark and assess work, and complete report cards," Nelson added. Administration and management personnel will be supervising during those times, as required.

BC Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker announced last Thursday that 72-hour notice had been given, after union members voted 89 per cent in March to endorse a three-stage strike plan.

Iker said progress at the bargaining table will determine how long phase one action would last.

Phase two of the BCTF plan is rotating one-day walkouts in districts around the province. Phase three, a full-scale strike, would require a second vote by members to authorize.

-With files from Tom Fletcher

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