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B.C. teachers' strike fund running out ahead of vote

06/06/2014 10:50 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:03 EDT
As B.C.  teachers prepare to vote next week on whether to escalate their contract dispute to a full scale strike, they do so knowing it might have a bigger than usual impact on their wallets.

The B.C. Teachers Federation says its strike fund is running low, which means teachers choosing to walk the picket line could be doing so without strike pay.

Currently striking teachers are paid $50 a day from the union fund, but the union says it only has enough money to finance a few more days of strike pay for teachers walking picket lines.

The union says 12 years of defending members' rights and court battles with the government have helped to deplete its strike fund.

In 2005  teachers walked off the job for two weeks to protest a government imposed contract, but because the strike was deemed illegal, the union was barred from paying its members.

Meanwhile president Jim Iker announced on Wednesday that members will vote on Monday and Tuesday next week on escalating the ongoing job action to a full-scale strike.

The BCTF has already scheduled a third week of rotating strikes, which will close every school in every district in B.C. for one day next week, starting on Tuesday.

Strike schedule for week 3

Monday, June 9

- No rotating strike

Tuesday, June 10

- 61 — Greater Victoria

Wednesday, June 11

- 06—Rocky Mountain

- 10—Arrow Lakes

- 22—Vernon

- 38—Richmond

- 39—Vancouver

- 40—New Westminster

- 41—Burnaby

- 44—North Vancouver

- 45—West Vancouver

- 46—Sunshine Coast

- 48—Sea to Sky

- 50—Haida Gwaii

- 52—Prince Rupert

- 54—Bulkley Valley

- 58—Nicola Similkameen

- 62—Sooke

- 64—Gulf Islands

- 67—Okanagan Skaha

- 68—Nanaimo

- 78—Fraser-Cascade

- 79—Cowichan Valley

- 92—Nisga’a

Thursday, June 12

- 05—Southeast Kootenay

- 20—Kootenay Columbia

- 23—Central Okanagan

- 27—Cariboo-Chilcotin

- 28—Quesnel

- 37—Delta

- 42—Maple Ridge

- 59—Peace River South

- 69—Qualicum

- 70—Alberni

- 72—Campbell River

- 74—Gold Trail

- 75—Mission

- 82—Coast Mountains

- 83—North Okanagan-Shuswap

- 84—Vancouver Island West

- 87—Stikine

- 91—Nechako Lakes

Friday, June 13

- 08—Kootenay Lake

- 19—Revelstoke

- 33—Chilliwack

- 34—Abbotsford

- 35—Langley

- 36—Surrey

- 43—Coquitlam

- 47—Powell River

- 49—Central Coast

- 51—Boundary

- 53—South Okanagan-Similkameen

- 57—Prince George

- 60—Peace River North

- 63—Saanich

- 71—Comox

- 73—Kamloops-Thompson

- 81—Fort Nelson

- 85—Vancouver Island North

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