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Teachers to strike Monday

As of Monday, B.C. teachers will be on strike. British Columbia Teachers Federation President Susan Lambert announced the three day strike this morning, starting Monday, March 5, 2012.

This comes just hours after the union revealed its 41,000 members had voted 87 per cent in favour of a walkout. Lambert says the strike will continue through Wednesday, with students returning to classes on Thursday, March 8. School District 60 students will only be affected for two out of the three days, as Monday, March 5 was already scheduled to be a Non-Instructional Day.

The B.C. Labour Relations Board ruled Wednesday that the teachers can escalate their job action, starting with a three-day strike, provided they give two days warning.

School District 60 Superintendent Larry Espe says students and parents will be informed of what will happen come Monday by this afternoon through traditional media, social media and the school newsletters.Moose FM and energeticcity.ca will continue to update the Peace Region on the status of job action. Information will also be posted at www.prn.bc.ca for School District 60 and www.sd59.bc.ca for School District 59.