Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

School Board News

Bound by Duty, Obligated by Law

Looking for a 'speedy' conclusion to strike

Released by Walt Krahn and Sylvia Dyck/Voice file photo Sylvia Dyck


he Chilliwack Board of Education is acutely aware and sensitive to the issues everyone is facing as a result of the current impasse in the labour dispute between the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the British Columbia Public School Employees’ Association (BCPSEA).


As trustees we are genuinely concerned with the impact job action is having on students, their families, staff and the community at large.


We continue to hear from our community about the challenges and frustrations they are facing due to the inability of the parties in the dispute to come to resolution on the issues before them, and our role in this matter. As employers, by law, the Boards of Education in British Columbia are represented by BCPSEA as our authorized bargaining agent.


We are in weekly contact and receive ongoing communications from BCPSEA as well as the British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA) as they work toward a speedy resolution to the labour negotiations. Through our provincial representative, BCSTA, and our correspondence to the negotiators, we continue to urge them to come to a negotiated settlement as quickly as possible.

We have tremendous respect for the work of our teachers and support staff, and recognize the critical role they play in the education of our students. As a Board we remain hopeful that we can soon once again welcome staff and students to their schools and continue educating the citizens of tomorrow.



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