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B.C. school boards ratify tentative deal with teachers

Jul 05 2012

School boards across B.C. have ratified a tentative deal with the B.C. Teachers’ Federation.

The B.C. Public School Employers’ Association announced Wednesday that board representatives met in Richmond and voted to approve the agreement.

“Boards of education are pleased that we have been able to achieve agreements with all of our unionized staff in these challenging times,” Melanie Joy, chairwoman of the BCPSEA board said in a prepared statement.

The BCTF approved the deal Friday after the union’s executive reluctantly recommended that teachers vote in favour.

The two-year deal is retroactive to July 1, 2011, and will expire on June 30, 2013.

The union reached the agreement with employers last week after meetings with mediator Charles Jago.

The accord included improvements in benefits and leave provisions, but no salary increases or changes to class-size rules.

BCTF president Susan Lambert said the union was “bullied” into the deal by a government that threatened to recall the legislature this summer and impose a contract.

But she said the union did succeed in getting the government to drop its demands for major contract concessions.

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