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B.C. Teachers Take A Stand At The Vancouver Art Gallery

On Wednesday, March 7th, hundreds of B.C. teachers gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery for one last protest rally on the last day of their strike before returning back into the classrooms. B.C. Teachers have been on strike for the past 3 days and all 41,000 of them will return to the classrooms on Thursday, continuing their previous job action. B.C.

Teachers have been without a contract since June, and began job action in September, 2011. Key issues in their contract dispute concern wage increases, class size control and more support for special needs students. Now teachers walked out on Monday to protest Bill 22, which strips teachers their rights of collective bargaining until June 2013, according to B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Susan Lambert.

Lambert says that their commitment is to the parents of B.C. children and teens, and that if strike action is required, they will be given 48 hours notice. The government claims that it could be a few weeks before Bill 22 is passed into law, which would end teachers’ legal strike action and appoint a mediator that would settle contract disputes between government and B.C.

Teachers. As of now, it is unknown what the teachers next step of action will be.

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