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Letter to Parents: Stage 2 Rotating Strike on June 6

May 30, 2014

Teacher Job Action Update – May 29, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation has informed School District 72 that, as part of the BC Teachers’ Federation Stage 2 district-by-district rotating strike action, they intend to once again strike all school districts. Our district will be picketed on Friday, June 6.

For safety reasons and as there will be no instruction, parents are asked to keep all children home from classes on Friday, June 6 unless you hear otherwise from the school district website (www.sd72.bc.ca) or through our automated telephone and email system. Bus service will not be available on Friday, June 6.

All School District 72 schools will resume classroom instruction on Monday, June 9.

The provincial government through its bargaining agent, the BC Public School Employers’ Association, initiated a responsive partial lockout of teachers and a subsequent 10% reduction in teachers’ pay on Monday, May 26. The lockout may have created some confusion for parents.

For more information about the job action, and lockout from the Ministry of Education:

www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2014/05/teacher-bargaining---what-does-it-mean-for-bc-parents.html

Parents might also wish to review information posted on the BCTF website, www.bctf.ca; local teachers’ union website, www.crdta.ca; and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) website, www.bcpsea.bc.ca.

We also encourage parents to keep up-to-date by checking the school district website at www.sd72.bc.ca

If you have more specific questions about school-related matters during the strike and lockout, please contact your school principal directly. Additional questions and concerns can be emailed to jobaction@sd72.bc.ca. Emails will be responded to within 24 hours.

Sincerely,

Nevenka Fair
Acting Superintendent of Schools, School District 72