Nearly 41,000 striking public school teachers across B.C. were eligible to vote today on the proposal to settle wage and benefits issues, but it remains unclear if the vote will bring the strike any closer to a halt.
The union said it was expecting to have a strong "yes" mandate for binding arbitration on wages when the results were counted Wednesday evening.
Under the proposal, issues around class size and composition would not go to arbitration, but would instead be resolved in an ongoing court case.
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But Education Minister Peter Fassbender has repeatedly rejected the idea of binding arbitration, saying the only way the strike will be settled is through negotiations. And, on Tuesday, Finance Minister Mike de Jong confirmed the government was unwilling to hand over any part of the dispute to a third party to resolve.
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