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Richmond schools behind picket lines

Richmond teachers on a picket line at McNair Secondary. - Martin van den Hemel
Richmond teachers on a picket line at McNair Secondary.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel

Richmond teachers were back on the picket line today as the B.C. Teachers Federation continues its rotating one-day strikes.

Talks are expected to resume tomorrow. Richmond schools will be shut today this week. Other school districts will be impacted Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The B.C. Public School Employers' Association has responded to job action with a partial lockout. Teachers have been issued a stop-work order that takes effect 45 minutes before and after school hours and during lunch and recess breaks.The B.C. Public School Employers' Association is cutting teachers' salaries by 10% in response to the strike action.

The union is appealing the pay cut to the Labour Relations Board.

The union is seeking more pay, more teachers and a return to contract language guaranteeing class size and special needs support are needed to reach a settlement.

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