Teachers, government still bargaining

Minister of Education Peter Fassbender says he hopes to have an agreement by June 30.

VICTORIA – “The bargaining teams worked hard through the weekend and progress was made,” said Education Minister Peter Fassbender on Tuesday afternoon.

“On Sunday, the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) tabled a comprehensive proposal to help end the stalemate, get kids back in school and create long-term stability for parents, students and teachers.

“I believe that both parties want this dispute resolved. If the BCTF wants to get a deal done they need to get back to bargaining and put all their cards on the table. While they’ve moved on their wage demands, they have not provided clear answers on what other cost items are still on the table.

“As BCPSEA demonstrated last week and through the weekend, they are ready to bargain 24/7. We want to see an agreement by June 30 so everyone can head into the summer with this dispute behind us and the knowledge the system is on a path to long-term stability.”