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B.C. teachers' strike: BCTF members vote on tentative deal

09/18/2014 09:05 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:58 EDT
B.C. Teachers are voting today on the tentative agreement reached with government that could see some schools reopened as early as Monday.

While many are happy a deal was reached, not everyone in singing its praises and some teachers are even advocating for a 'no' vote. 

Many teachers will be attending study sessions on Thursday morning with union leaders where they will be able to learn more and ask questions about the deal, before they head to the polls to vote.

Although the two sides agreed not to release many details of the tentative agreement, CBC News has obtained several union documents outlining the specifics.

- MORE | BCTF letter outlines tentative agreement

- FULL COVERAGE | B.C. teachers' strike

Here's how the proposed six-year 7.25 per cent wage increase breaks down:

- There is no retroactive raise for the year already completed.

- Teachers will get 2 per cent more this month plus another 1.25 per cent in January.

- Additional raises will follow in July 2016 and then roughly every year until 2019.

In addition to the wage increases, other benefits are being offered in the deal:

- Extended health and dental benefits will get an $11.9 million boost.

- Teacher on-call rates will be increased.

- Elementary school teachers will now get a total of 100 minutes of prep time a week.

Extra funds will also be applied to several areas:

- A $105-million dollar fund will be established to settle grievances from the ongoing court case. That money will be paid out by the union as a signing bonus.

- A $400-million education fund will go toward improving classroom conditions, which will include hiring as many as 850 new teachers a year.

Results tonight; school could start Monday

The B.C. Teachers' Federation will be holding a press conference at 9:30 p.m. PT to report the results of the vote.

Should the results come back with a 'yes' majority, B.C. students could be back in school as early as Monday.

Vancouver, North Vancouver, Surrey, and Delta school districts have said that, should the strike end, short orientation days will be held Monday, with full-day classes starting Tuesday.

- AUDIO | Vancouver and Surrey superintendents discuss 2014-2015 school calendar

Check back with CBC News online for full coverage of the teachers' vote and updates about when classes may begin.

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