B.C teachers ratify agreement on next round of bargaining
British Columbia Teachers' Federation president Susan Lambert addresses striking teachers and other supporters during a rally on the final day of a three-day province wide walkout in Vancouver, B.C.
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, January 26, 2013 12:12PM PST
Last Updated Monday, January 28, 2013 10:10AM PST
A group of teachers representing the BC Teachers' Federation has voted unanimously to ratify a framework agreement leading to the start of contract talks.
Union president Susan Lambert says the vote by about 200 elected teachers is a significant step in the right direction before collective bargaining starts on Feb. 4.
The agreement says teachers want a timeline to facilitate negotiations with the B.C. Public School Employers' Association, the government's bargaining agent.
It also calls for the appointment of a facilitator to assist with collective bargaining.
The employer is set to discuss the proposed agreement this afternoon.
The teachers' current one-year contract expires at the end of June.