Outcome of ending teachers’ strike expected to be released tonight

The B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) say they’re asking more than 40,000 member to vote ‘Yes’ on a new collective agreement with the provincial government and is expected to release the result of the vote tonight.

Members of the BCTF are entrenched in a study session this morning, an opportunity to learn more about the proposed six-year deal and ask questions.

The proposed contract includes a 7.25 per cent salary increase, improvements in extended health benefits and the teaching-on-call rate, an education fund to address class size and composition issues, and money to address retroactive grievances.

A member of the BCTF, Tara Ehrcke says she’s not impressed with the new contract, and if it’s ratified, teachers are voting ‘Yes’ to sub-par conditions.

However, labour lawyer Ritu Mahil says if the union’s leaders think it’s a good deal then members should take that recommendation seriously, and the deal was probably the best they could get at the time.

 With files from The Canadian Press

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