Teacher Job Action Update - August 25, 2014
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an update on the provincial labour dispute between the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA). As negotiations remain unresolved, there is a high level of uncertainty for parents, students, and schools across the province.
At this time, we remain hopeful that the two parties, with the help of outside mediation, will reach a negotiated settlement. However, it is possible that schools may not open as usual on September 2.
As the Campbell River District Teachers’ Association (CRDTA) has informed School District 72 that at this time there are no pickets planned at School District 72 schools August 25, August 26, and on the morning of Wednesday, August 27, we are encouraging parents and guardians of new students to register at their school office during these time frames.
The CRDTA will be meeting with their membership on Wednesday, August 27 to determine their next course of action. There is a possibility that teachers may decide to resume picketing later in the week. Should that occur, other unionized staff may not cross picket lines and the school offices will be closed.
Secondary school course changes will not be able to be processed in the usual timeframe given the possibility that staff availability may be limited. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
With no settlement, teachers may continue their strike action in a variety of forms and some or all public schools in School District 72 could be behind picket lines. It is also possible that a provincial lockout of teachers could be reinstated.
Parents, guardians, and students are encouraged to monitor the school district website at www.sd72.bc.ca
and the secondary school websites for updates. As information becomes available, School District 72 will share it as quickly as possible through our websites, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and through the local media.
It is disappointing that the normally exciting start of the school year is clouded in this uncertainty and I share your frustration and worry. School District 72 will work diligently to ensure that once the school year gets underway that our students get through it successfully.
Thomas G.S. Longridge
Superintendent of Schools