Saanich teachers to strike Friday

District advising students to plan for end of year exams

As B.C. teachers prepared to vote on escalating job action and a potential full-scale strike, BCTF President Jim Iker announced last week that rotating strikes will continue across the province until June 13.

No walkouts were planned for Monday and BCTF members were voting Monday and Tuesday on authorizing the union to move to a full-scale walkout. Three days notice is required before a full-scale walkout can take place.

The Saanich School District will strike this Friday, June 13.

“B.C. teachers remain committed to negotiating a fair and reasonable deal that provides better support for our students,” said Iker last week.

“It’s time for Premier Christy Clark to provide the employer with new funding that will help bring the two sides closer together on class size, composition, staffing levels for specialist teachers, and wages.”

The Teacher’s Union is currently asking for a 9.75 per cent wage increase over four years. The government has offered 7.3 per cent over six years, along with a $1,200 signing bonus if a deal is made before the end of June.

Meanwhile, the Saanich School District has altered their report card and grade schedule to try and accommodate students and teachers.

On Thursdsy, June 12, teachers plan to enter letter grades and work habits on report cards for Grade 6, 7, 8 and 9 students and percentages and work habits for Grade 10, 11 and 12 students.

The provincial government has said all school based and provincial exams will take place as scheduled and the school district has made an application to the Labour Relations Board for an essential services order.

The district expects to hear later this week whether or not exams will go on as planned but are encouraging students to plan as if they are.

Parents and students can find the latest information on job action in the district at www.sd63.bc.ca.

 

— With files from Tom Fletcher

 

 

Just Posted

Feasting geese concern farmers

For farmers on the Saanich Peninsula, cereal crops like corn are starting… Continue reading

Cycling Without Age raises funds for program

Free rides for seniors coming to Sidney

SidFest raises $1,500 for youth clinic

For the sixth year, SidFest has been an opportunity for talented high… Continue reading

Tanner’s Books owner is running for Sidney mayor

Cliff McNeil-Smith says managing growth is his top priority

Feast of Fields settles in for the summer of 2018

Vancouver Island Feast set for Kildara Farms in North Saanich on Aug. 26

New stage highlight of Brentwood Bay Festival

Peninsula Country Market vendors and music accompany start of summer celebration

Sidney painter also a preacher

Patrick Chu opens new studio; off to China this month

Blue Jay Roberto Osuna not expected to appear in court

The Blue Jays pitcher is charged with one count of assault by Toronto police

Global warming cooks up ‘a different world’ over 3 decades

Over 30 years the world’s annual temperature has warmed nearly 1 degree according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Family separation policy starts dividing Republicans

Deep concerns arise over the child separation policy in the U.S.

Strong earthquake in Japan kills 3

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck the area early Monday near Osaka

Saanich farmers’ market ready to plow ahead in 2018

The market returns for its second year July 8 with some minor changes

BC Lions defensive back Marcell Young levels streaker in home opener

Young hit the fan near one of the 45-yard lines

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

Two Mexican World Cup fans were among those hit

Most Read