BREAKING NEWS: Tentative deal reached in teacher labour dispute

Teachers are expected to vote on the proposed deal Thursday.

On Tuesday afternoon BC Teachers Federation president Jim Iker said the union executive is recommending members ratify the deal.

"It was a tough series of negotiations," he said.

Iker thanked all those who supported teachers and also thanked his members.

"“You stood up for what you believe in," he said to teachers. "You stood up for your rights. Be proud that you effort made a real difference.”

He said the settlement specifics will be to members and wouldn’t make them public at this point.

The deal includes:

·     Several hundred new teaching positions each year as a result of an annual education fund that will be used exclusively for bargaining unit members.

·     A mutually agreed-to process to address any future Court decision as well as the removal of the contentious Article E.80.

·     A significant grievance remedy fund that will be used as a one-time payment to members and will provide improvements in elementary preparation time.

·     Improvements in salary and extended health benefits.

·     Fair pay for teachers teaching on call for every day they work.

·     There are no concessions related to the court decisions and court appeal

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