Tuesday, January 17, 2012

BCTF presents reduced set of proposals

In an effort to get bargaining moving, the BCTF provincial bargaining team is presenting a new set of proposals at the table today. The proposals represent a significant reduction:

* reducing "wage parity" with Alberta/Ontario (roughly 20%) to a Cost of Living increase of 3% in each of three years plus a market adjustment of 3% in each of years 2 and 3 (total of 15% over 3 years)

* reducing improvements to preparation time

* eliminating some paid leave provisions and reducing others

* removing teacher teaching on call minimum monthly stipend

The total estimated cost of the package for year one, including salary, is $300 million.

During the press conference, BCTF President Susan Lambert called on Minister Abbott to have his government's actions match the rhetoric. Despite many olive branches to improve the relationship with teachers, the concessions at the bargaining table angered teachers.

See the full press release here: http://www.bctf.ca/NewsReleases.aspx?id=24886

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