Minister comments on weekend teacher’s negotiations

Education Minister Peter Fassbender has released the following statement this morning

  • Jun. 16, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Statement from Education Minister Peter Fassbender

Education Minister Peter Fassbender has released the  following statement this morning:

“I appreciate that everyone — especially parents, students and  teachers – had hoped to see an agreement over the weekend.

“The bargaining teams worked hard through the weekend. When  negotiations adjourned late last night it was with the expectation that  talks would continue today.

“Specifics around proposals will be shared when appropriate, but I can  say that BCPSEA tabled a significant, affordable and creative set of  proposals to help end the stalemate, get kids back in school and create  long-term stability for parents, students and teachers. BCPSEA worked  hard to put its best foot forward.

“They tabled a comprehensive settlement that includes an improved wage  offer and commits to realistic and flexible solutions to address class  composition.

“BCPSEA has worked very hard to put together a settlement that is fair  for teachers, fair for taxpayers, and fair to the 150,000 public-sector  workers who’ve already reached agreements.


“Our goal remains to get to an agreement by June 30 and put this  disruption behind us. I’m certain that everyone involved wants to head  into the summer with the assurance that our education system is on a  path to long-term stability.”



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