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CMSD82 Letter to Parents-Guardians from Superintendent of Schools re Labour Dispute Update – No School Opening  (PDF Format)

 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

It is with regret that we share the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) were unable to reach a resolution to the current labour dispute.

As a result of this impasse to reaching a settlement, some or all schools in the Coast Mountains School District may be behind picket lines. In this scenario, a withdrawal of service will again impact the school district’s ability to provide educational service for students. While schools will remain open, we will not be able to offer our regular instruction as we anticipate that unionized staff will not cross the picket lines.

We therefore again request that parents and guardians not send their children to school and seek alternate childcare arrangements. The safety of… Continue reading

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For your information …. please find a BCPSEA (B.C. Public Schools Employers’ Association) Backgrounder issued today August 31, 2014, that provides an update following meetings with Vince Ready:

 

Backgrounder – Barriers to Concluding a Negotiated Collective Agreement – Cost of BCTF Proposals Currently on the Table

 Information relating to the BC Teacher Bargaining is available on BCPSEA’s website.

 

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Minister of Education Peter Fassbender issued the following statement on Saturday evening, August 30, 2014 … “Today veteran labour mediator Vince Ready determined that the parties are too far apart for mediation at this time”.

Provided for your information is Minister Fassbender’s statement entitled BCTF too far from affordability zone for mediation (click on link to open statement).

Coast Mountains School District will provide an update on school opening information for students and parents/guardians on Monday afternoon, September 1, 2014.  In the interim, families need to be prepared for school start-up not to happen.

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The following E-Alert was issued Saturday evening, August 30, 2014 by the British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA):

Negotiations Break Down

Late this afternoon mediator Vince Ready stepped away from assisting with negotiations between the BCTF and BCPSEA saying that there was still too much distance between the parties to reach agreement.

Given this development it is highly unlikely that schools will open on Sept. 2.

BCSTA President Teresa Rezansoff stated, “I am profoundly disappointed that a deal could not be reached. I was hoping that at the very least students could return to school while talks continued.”

BCSTA bargaining representatives Alan Chell and Silas White remain ready to return to the table when if parties agree to resume negotiations.

BCSTA will keep you informed as events unfold.

 

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CMSD82 Letter to Parents-Guardians re Labour Dispute Update 2014-15 School Start (PDF Format)

 

August 28, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As you are aware, the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) reached an impasse with regard to negotiating a new contract during our last school year, and the BCTF escalated to a full-scale strike on June 17, 2014.  Unfortunately, the two parties have not made significant progress over the summer months and so the possibility of school start-up following Labour Day is uncertain.

We remain hopeful that the two parties will reach a negotiated settlement before the school year is due to begin.  As a result, a decision on school start-up will likely not be made until as late as Monday, September 1 to provide the maximum amount of time to reach a negotiated settlement. We encourage you to consult… Continue reading