PGDTA Weighs in on Teachers Deal
Prince George, B.C. – “This is the news that teachers have been waiting for for almost 16 years.”
The words of Richard Giroday, president of the Prince George and District Teachers Association, in response to the tentative deal struck this weekend between the Province and the BCTF.
The sides had been bargaining since November when the BCTF claimed victory in the Supreme Court of Canada regarding class size and composition.
The sides signed a Memorandum of Agreement and it won’t be implemented until the union ratifies it during a vote scheduled for this week. The details will be made available after the BCTF ratification process is complete.
“We finally have the restoration of our collective language which was stripped by then minister of education Christy Clark,” says Giroday. “It includes the full restoration of class size, class composition and staffing ratios.”
Education Minister Mike Bernier says it will mean thousands more teachers, more resources and more classroom supports.
“This is huge for our public education system,” says Giroday in response. “Those supports are so important to our students. It will give them the best possible opportunity for a successful education. Especially for younger children.”
Giroday says the vote will take place from March 8 to March 10.