METRO VANCOUVER â€” Teachers across B.C. should have received a collective $105 million in the mail this week as cheques were delivered to teachersâ€™ homes.
The money, labeled by some media as a â€œstrike bonus,â€ comes from a grievance fund negotiated by the British Columbia Teachersâ€™ Federation in its collective agreement with the provincial government.
â€œYes, itâ€™s part of the collective bargaining and a part of the strike, but itâ€™s not a strike bonus,â€ said Richard Overgaard, media relations spokesperson for BCTF.
â€œItâ€™s a pay-out related to the outstanding grievances around the court case.â€
The $105 million came as a lump sum from the provincial government, and BCTF is allocating the funds to teachers individually based on days worked in 2013.
A full-time teacher would receive the maximum $2,800, while teachers who worked part-time or were TTOCs (teachers on call) would get less.
Of 41,000 teachers in the province, Surrey â€“ which is the largest school district â€“ is home to over 5,000.
â€œI think, for some members, they lost a lot of money in the strike so they would have liked to see more come back,â€ said Jennifer Wadge, president of the Surrey Teachers Association, noting that the largest pay-outs, after tax, will be just shy of $1,900.
â€œBut it was a very difficult bargain, I think there is a feeling of â€˜at least we got something.â€™ For the average full-time teacher, they lost five weeks of wages. Thatâ€™s pretty significant.â€