News

Mediator declines to work teachers strike

Surrey teacher was among those rallying along King George Boulevard near 76 Avenue last month. - Evan Seal, Surrey Leader
Surrey teacher was among those rallying along King George Boulevard near 76 Avenue last month.
— image credit: Evan Seal, Surrey Leader

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - A veteran mediator has turned down a request to try to settle British Columbia's teachers strike.

B.C. Teachers Federation spokesman Rich Overgaard says Vince Ready did not have time in his schedule to mediate the dispute between educators and the government.

Overgaard says educators will meet tonight to discuss other possible mediators.

Ready is widely considered one of Canada's top labour troubleshooters and the teachers union put his name forward as someone who could move things forward.

Pay and class size are among the sticking points in the dispute.

The strike started last week and meant no class for more than a half million students.

Classes were due to wind down this week in most schools in B.C.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
Queen to Scots: Think carefully about future
 
Money for a tow? Avoid the hook.
 
Teachers to vote on arbitration bid Wednesday; Fassbender calls it 'a ploy'
Farm business reform proposals panned by Metro Vancouver reps
 
Rapid bus now has Surrey stop
 
6 killed, 15 wounded in east Ukraine city
Teachers strike mediation hopes rise as Ready talks to BCTF, province
 
2 British tourists found dead on beach in Thailand
 
Mounties report two missing fishing rods stolen and a boat wheel found

Community Events, September 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 11 edition online now. Browse the archives.