BCTF rally with speaker John Horgan

Rally for the BCTF

Opposition leader John Horgan and MP Randall Garrison attended a rally

Opposition Leader John Horgan spoke to the  Sooke Teachers Association on September 12. Shown as well is federal MP Randall Garrison waiting to speak.

The disagreement between the province and the over 40,000 teachers over pay, classroom composition and class size is having a unifying effect. The message of the local BCTF rally at Belmont secondary school Friday afternoon was simple, say goodbye to the contentious E80 clause which deals with class size and composition and get back to work.

Ian Johnson the president of District 62 teachers association said, “We would like to see them make a deal this weekend and get back to the classroom Monday, barring that, binding arbitration but preferably a mediated settlement and if Vince Ready can pull that off more power to him.”  Education minister Peter Fassbender said he was not surprised to learn 99 per cent of teachers voted in favour of binding arbitration to end the ongoing dispute.