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BCTF president Jim Iker joins teachers picketing at McNair secondary

BC Teachers Federation president Jim Iker joined teachers picketing outside Matthew McNair Secondary on Tuesday. Bargaining was scheduled to continue Tuesday and Wednesday, with a decision on further job action being made late Wednesday. - Martin van den Hemel photo
BC Teachers Federation president Jim Iker joined teachers picketing outside Matthew McNair Secondary on Tuesday. Bargaining was scheduled to continue Tuesday and Wednesday, with a decision on further job action being made late Wednesday.
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BC Teachers Federation president Jim Iker joined teachers picketing outside Matthew McNair secondary school on Tuesday, the first day of local job action.

Iker thanked teachers for their support as the province and the union continue to negotiate for a new collective bargaining agreement.

The two main issues that need resolving are class size/composition and a fair wage increase for teachers, he said.

Iker told reporters that bargaining table negotiations were scheduled to be held all day Tuesday and to continue on Wednesday.

After that, the teachers union will decide on whether to proceed with further job action.

Judging from the honks of vehicles passing by the picket line on No. 4 Road, just north of Williams, there's no shortage of public support for teachers.

One driver even pulled over to voice his support, handing a box of Timbits to Richmond Teachers Association's Al Klassen.

"I want to be totally supportive, all the way. It's really important," the driver said.

 

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