Teacher union, BCSTA back at table as school days near

VANCOUVER – B.C.’s striking public school teachers and their employer will return to the bargaining table this week after restarting negotiations on Friday, just weeks before the new school year. The two sides met all day Friday and agreed to meet again this week, although no schedule for talks has been established.

Teresa Rezansoff, president B.C. School Trustees Association, says she’s optimistic as discussions proceed and notes trustees are working on the assumption school will be back in session in September.

The government’s chief negotiator, Peter Cameron, declined to comment.

The disagreement between the province and its more than 40,000 teachers over pay, class size and classroom composition escalated into a fullscale strike that ended the school year two weeks ahead of schedule. (The Canadian Press, CHNL)