Rotating strikes across B.C. next week

Fraser Cascade schools closed next Monday as strike action escalates

There will be no school next Monday, May 26, in the Fraser Cascade, as teachers across the province move into the second stage of strike action.

Teachers announced on Monday that they would escalate their strike action, with rotating strikes from May 26 – May 29. Fraser Cascade is one of 16 districts that will be on strike next Monday. Chilliwack school district will strike on Thursday, May 29. Jim Iker,

BC Teacher’s Federation president said that all schools will be open again by May 30 and that any extension of the rotating job action will depend on events at the bargaining table.

“Last week, teachers were hopeful when they saw the government and BCPSEA put out an olive branch by backing off the unrealistic 10-year term,” Iker said. “But the next day, hope that this government would start negotiating in good faith faded when the employer announced a series of threats around wage rollbacks, lockouts, and attempts to divide teachers, parents, and students.”

The rotating closures are part of a two-stage strike plan voted on by teachers in March. During that vote, teachers gave their bargaining team an overwhelming mandate to begin job action and then move to rotating strikes if meaningful progress was not made in negotiations. In all, 29,301 teachers cast ballots—89% voted in favour of the two-stage job action plan.

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