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More than 30,000 B.C. teachers voted "yes" by 99.4 per cent to return to classes -- if the B.C. Liberal government will agree to send to arbitration all the issues except for those related to court decisions.
In announcing the results, BCTF President, Jim Iker, said "Tomorrow morning, custodial staff could be pulling chairs off desks and teachers could be setting up their classrooms. School counsellors could be finalizing time tables. Teachers could be powering up the smart boards. Classes could start this week. Children could be learning."
Iker said "there is a single group of people standing in the way of schools opening their doors tomorrow."
Teachers in B.C. will vote September 10 on support for a union proposal to send the current strike to arbitration and immediately open classrooms for the new school year as soon as government says yes.
On Friday the BCTF called for the B.C. government to agree to arbitration as a way of getting past the impasse. The education minister almost immediately rejected the proposal.
The BCTF will still conduct a vote of all its members on whether they support the call for arbitration and a return to work. That way, if the government finally gives in to pressure to arbitrate, school can start almost immediately.