BCTF president Jim Iker visits Delta Secondary as full-scale strike begins

BCTF president Jim Iker visits Delta Secondary as full-scale strike begins

DELTA — British Columbia Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker paid a visit to striking teachers outside Delta Secondary Tuesday morning.

His visit was on the first full day of the province-wide teachers’ strike.

After talking briefly with the group of more than a 100 teachers and supporters, the union head adressed the media to talk about the strike, saying he was still hopeful a deal could get done by June 30.

He said class size and composition remain key stumbling blocks and the biggest issues, more than wages.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender this week said that the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association tabled “a significant, affordable and creative set of proposals” to help end the stalemate.

The minister also said their goal remains to get to an agreement by June 30.

It’s not clear at this point how the strike will impact summer school should the job action drag. Iker did not want to comment on summer school, only saying his goal was to get a deal done.

Parents can get further updates how the job action will impact the students by checking the Delta school district website at web.deltasd.bc.ca.

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