The B.C. Teachers’ Federation has said there must be a deal today to avoid a summer long continuation of its now 2 week old province wide strike.
The government has said there must be a deal today or it will withdraw its $1,200 signing bonus for every teacher in the province.
Although it is assumed they are, there’s no confirmation talks are still continuing.
All that the news media can get from either side is that they’re still in a blackout.
Chair of the Vancouver School Board, Patti Bacchus was a guest this morning on Bill Good’s CKNW open line show, summing up her view on the current situation.
“Today is really, I think, probably make or break day for the negotiations….It’s a terrible situation right now to have hanging over everyone as we go into summer break,” Bacchus explained. “I have to be an optimist, being in my role as a school trustee…The pressure is there and I hope it’s resolved.”
Meantime, there’s still plenty of confusion over the Labor Relations Board ruling on summer school.
Everything is in limbo now until we see what develops in terms of a settlement in the next 12 hours.