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  • B.C. teachers launch strike, province to cut wages

    Schools across B.C. will begin closing next week, as the dispute between the province and its 41,000 teachers escalates, leaving parents scrambling to make arrangements for child care and raising questions about whether the province and teachers can bridge the wide gulf between them.

    Extracurricular activities such as field trips will also be cancelled as the union prepares for nearly a week of rotating strikes that will start Monday in Vancouver. All schools will reopen on Friday, but the strikes could continue beyond that date if the B.C. Teachers’ Federation feels there hasn’t been enough progress at the bargaining table.


    More: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle18760445/

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    University of Saskatchewan board sacks president Ilene Busch-Vishniac


    Ilene Busch-Vishniac has been fired as president of the University of Saskatchewan.

    The board of governors said Busch-Vishniac had been terminated without cause and will continue in a teaching capacity at the university.


    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskat...niac-1.2650301

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      B.C. teachers' strike: government agrees to Vince Ready as mediator

      A day after B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender said the government and the teachers' union weren't "even close" to a deal, the provincial government has agreed to accept Vince Ready as mediator.

      The move came after the independent facilitator who spent a year running interference in the dispute resigned, citing a lack of confidence after the teachers called for mediation.

      The B.C. Teachers' Federation has been calling for Ready's appointment since Thursday, saying he is the only hope for a timely solution after announcing there had been no progress in the previous two days of bargaining.


      More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...ator-1.2682810

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        Some striking B.C. teachers ordered back to work

        VANCOUVER -- British Columbia's labour board has ruled striking educators must teach summer classes for high-school students who failed a course during the year.

        The board wrote in a ruling that teachers must hold classes for students from Grades 10 to 12 who can not take the failed course during the next school year.

        However the board is also asking the government to lift lockout conditions -- such as reduced pay -- for educators who will teach during the summer.


        Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/some-st...#ixzz361P0YMuw

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        • #5
          B.C. teachers' strike: morale fades as school year looms

          B.C. teachers were back on the picket lines Monday, many facing financial hardship with little confidence the dispute will be settled by the official start of the school year on Sept. 2. In Burnaby, teacher Robert Sidley said that in 15 years of teaching, he has never felt so demoralized. He added that he will have to go talk to the bank soon, because the financial situation is so dire.

          "I'm 48 years old," he told CBC News. "How does that make me feel? It makes me feel like a child. If this strike continues to the end of September, it is costing me personally $10,000."


          More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...ooms-1.2746165

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            B.C. teachers' strike: Mediator Vince Ready walks out of talks

            Vince Ready has left talks between the B.C. teachers' union and the provincial government in Richmond, B.C., saying the sides are too far apart to come to a resolution anytime soon.

            "I don’t see a resolution here before the start of school given the positions of the parties. They are a long, long ways apart," the veteran mediator said.


            More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...alks-1.2751718

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              B.C. teachers' strike: No classes on what is supposed to be 1st day of school

              Canadian schoolchildren head back to school today — but not if they attend a public school in British Columbia, where the months-long teachers' strike has delayed the start of classes.

              B.C.’s 40,000 public school teachers went on strike two weeks before the end of the last school year, leaving half a million students with no classes before summer vacation. Over the summer, the teachers' union and the B.C. government failed to resolve the contract dispute that led to the strike—and a last-ditch attempt at moving forward last week also fell through.


              More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...hool-1.2752821

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              • #8
                B.C. teachers' strike: Union rejects premier's demand to suspend strike

                B.C. Premier Christy Clark waded into the B.C. teachers' strike on Wednesday, calling on teachers to suspend their strike, reduce their demands and return to the bargaining table.

                But the president of the B.C. Teachers' Federation says it has no plans to suspend its strike. Jim Iker called a news conference following the premier's address and accused the government of remaining entrenched, inflexible and unwilling to bargain.

                In her first news conference since classes were cancelled earlier this week, Premier Clark said Education Minister Peter Fassbender had been making a tremendous effort to resolve the contract dispute.

                More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...rike-1.2754463

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                  B.C. teachers' strike: Education Minister Peter Fassbender 'never been a fan' of arbitration

                  B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender wouldn't flat-out say "no" to a proposal to use binding arbitration to settle the three-month-old strike, but made it sound like an unlikely solution.

                  "We are not prepared to say to someone else, well you make our decisions for us," he said at a news conference Friday afternoon.

                  "I think the reality is that I've never been a fan of binding arbitration. I don't think anyone in the labour relations field feels that that is a vehicle that really serves the interests of all parties," Fassbender said.


                  More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...tion-1.2757002

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                  • #10
                    B.C. teachers' strike: High school students plan 'walk-in'

                    On what should be the fifth day of classes for B.C. schools, some frustrated students say it's time their concerns were heard about the teachers' strike.

                    Grade 12 Argyle Secondary School student Josh Johnson said he is worried the strike is threatening his chances of getting into the universities on his list.

                    That's why he and a number of his classmates have planned a "walk-in" at their North Vancouver high school.

                    Similar protests are planned at Eric Hamber Secondary School in Vancouver and Seycove Secondary School in North Vancouver.

                    Johnson and others are hopeful the doors will be open when they show up.


                    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...k-in-1.2759294

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                    • #11
                      B.C. teachers' strike: Teachers vote 'overwhelmingly' in favour of binding arbitration

                      With more than 99 per cent of the B.C. teachers' vote coming back in favour of the option, B.C. Teachers’ Federation President Jim Iker again renewed the call for the government to enter into binding arbitration to end the months-long teachers' strike.

                      "Tonight, B.C. teachers voted overwhelmingly to back to call for binding arbitration that would see an end to the strike and open our schools," Iker said, addressing a news conference just after 9:30 p.m. PT.

                      More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...tion-1.2762788

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                      • #12
                        B.C. teachers' strike: Both sides back at bargaining table

                        Negotiations have resumed in the B.C. teachers' dispute today, raising hopes half a million students will return to the classroom sometime in the near future.​

                        Officials have confirmed that mediator Vince Ready and bargaining teams from the B.C. Teachers' Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers' Association are back at the Richmond hotel where talks took place over the weekend.


                        More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...able-1.2766383

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                        • #13
                          B.C. teachers begin voting on tentative agreement

                          While most B.C. teachers vote on a tentative agreement Thursday, members of the Vancouver Teacher's Federation took advantage of an advance poll to cast their ballots Wednesday.

                          CBC News talked to a few teachers after they voted and most said, 'yes'.

                          "I voted, 'yes'," said Dennis Wong. "It's just time to get back in the classroom. You know, you always want more, but I think it's the best we could have done, under the circumstances."


                          More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...ment-1.2769620

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                            B.C. teachers' strike is over: 86% vote 'yes' to accept deal

                            The prolonged B.C. teachers' strike has ended, and the province's public school students will be starting their new school year next week.

                            More than 31,000 B.C. teachers voted Thursday on the tentative agreement reached with the government earlier this week, with 86 per cent of them voting to accept the deal.

                            B.C. Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker said it was a tough round of negotiations and a difficult time for those on strike, but the job action is now over.


                            More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...deal-1.2771202

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                            • #15
                              B.C. teachers return to work emotionally bruised

                              After hanging up the letters of the alphabet and making sure they have enough desks in their classrooms, B.C.’s public school teachers say they face the difficult task of returning to work after an emotionally bruising five weeks on the picket line.

                              The experience was disheartening for many teachers, and some say they were exposed to heated rhetoric and public scorn daily. To add to the challenge, many of the province’s 41,000 teachers face the test of doing weeks of preparatory work in the few hours available before classes start Monday.


                              More: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle20714884/

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