B.C.’s teachers ratify new contract agreement

Union admits deal doesn't address major issues like class size and wages

Members of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation have voted to ratify a contract agreement with the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association.

In a provincewide vote conducted June 27to 29, a total of 21,044 teachers cast ballots and 75 per cent voted yes. The turnout rate was 52 per cent.

“I doubt you could find a single teacher in B.C. who is happy with this agreement because it does absolutely nothing to improve the situation in classrooms for students or teachers,” said Susan Lambert, BCTF president.

“It doesn’t address class size and composition nor does it provide a fair and reasonable salary increase for our members, who have fallen far behind teachers in other parts of Canada. However, the most significant achievement is that that we succeeded in getting government take its concession demands off the table.”

The agreement must still be ratified by B.C.’s school districts.