Teachers vote 3-1 to accept deal

With only 52 per cent turnout, BCTF members accept a contract for one more year.

Members of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation have ratified a two-year agreement with B.C.’s school districts by a 75 per cent margin. Turnout for the vote was only 52 per cent, with 21,044 teachers casting ballots.

The agreement is for two years, one of which has passed with a lengthy work-to-rule campaign since the previous contract expired in 2011.

The agreement puts off a bitter dispute over government changes to hiring, layoff and performance evaluation of teachers. Education Minister George Abbott said the deal includes a letter of understanding to continue talks on those issues.

The B.C. Public School Employers’ Association, representing B.C.’s 60 school districts, will hold a vote for trustees next week.

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