B.C. teachers’ union says strike is imminent

Teachers say B.C. squandered deal opportunity


VANCOUVER — The head of the B.C. Teachers Federation says a full-scale strike scheduled for Tuesday is imminent because the government squandered an opportunity to negotiate a contract on the weekend.

Jim Iker says the union lowered its wage demand to eight per cent over five years, down from 9.75 per cent over six years, along with a $5,000 signing bonus.

He says the government responded by dropping their wage offer, down to seven per cent from 7.25 per cent over six years.

The government had offered teachers a $1,200 signing bonus if a contract is reached by the end of June.

Iker says the federation executive will meet this afternoon and decide on their next move.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender says the government’s proposal is as good as it’s going to get.

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