Province Reaches Tentative Deal with BCTF
Prince George, B.C. – A breakthrough in the talks between the provincial government and the BCTF.
Today the Ministry of Education confirmed both sides have reached a tentative Memorandum of Agreement on class size and composition.
The ministry says negotiations between the sides began on Nov. 20, 2016 and spanned 27 bargaining sessions.
The BCTF will present the MOA for ratification to its members over the coming week. Details of the agreement will be released once the BCTF ratification process is complete. The bargaining follows the union’s Supreme Court of Canada victory in November.
“This is great news for students, parents, and teachers. If ratified, the agreement means thousands more teachers, more resources and more classroom supports,” said Education Minister Mike Bernier.
“If ratified, it will build on the $100 million for up to 1,100 teachers announced in January’s interim agreement with the BCTF and the record funding increase we just announced in the budget.”