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Possible B.C. School Strike In Mid-September

08/25/2013 02:08 EDT | Updated 10/25/2013 05:12 EDT
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B.C.'s public school teachers say they will launch a radio and television advertising campaign tomorrow in the hopes of getting stalled contract talks going again.

Negotiations between teachers and the B.C. Public School Employers' Association, which represented the government, broke off earlier this month.

CUPE B.C. president Mark Hancock says a class disruption is now a possibility for this fall.

"We've made every effort to bargain a fair and reasonable settlement with the employers, but their lack of preparation is threatening to disrupt classes this fall," Hancock said in a statement released Sunday.

The 40,000-member teachers' union has been negotiating with the government since their previous contract expired in June.

"If the government doesn't show a commitment to bargaining, our members will take full-scale job action," said Colin Pawson, Chair of the BC K-12 Presidents' Council. "The clock is ticking."

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