Teachers and school districts reached a tentative agreement Tuesday, nearly one year after the last contract between the two groups expired.
The deal will run until June 30, 2013 and follows the provincial government’s “net zero mandate”, meaning that school districts’ overall budgets could not increase from year to year.
The B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association represented teachers and schools, respectively. The Education Improvement Act, passed last March following a three-day teachers’ strike, pushed both parties back to the bargaining table with a mediator.
The federation’s executive has recommended its members approve the deal, although it does not address major issues such as class size. Teachers will vote from Wednesday to Friday.
“We’ve concluded this agreement in order to prevent government from imposing a contract that would further erode teachers’ hard-won rights and do more harm to students’ learning conditions,” said federation president Susan Lambert.
The last five-year agreement expired on June 30, 2011.