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B.C. teachers, government continue bargaining

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jun 16, 2014 - 11:50 AM |
Students rally against both sides of the ongoing B.C. public school labour dispute in Vancouver on June 4, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tamsyn Burgmann

Students rally against both sides of the ongoing B.C. public school labour dispute in Vancouver on June 4, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tamsyn Burgmann

VANCOUVER - Negotiations between B.C. teachers and the province continued through Sunday night in an effort to avert a full strike scheduled for Tuesday, which could prematurely end the school year.

More than half a million students across the province will not have class today as teachers review the latest bargaining proposals.

Both sides remained silent on whether marathon talks during the weekend yielded any progress.

The union, which represents more than 40,000 teachers, presented a new contract proposal to the employer on Friday.

The strike threat came after the two sides spent months bargaining over class size, support and pay.

The union started rotating strikes in late May, cancelling classes for students one day each week in every district in the province.

Teachers had voted 89 per cent early in March in favour of the limited job action.

In late May, the government countered the escalation with a partial lockout and docked teachers’ pay by 10 per cent.

The pay cut was sanctioned by the provincial labour board, which also ruled that marking critical secondary exams is an essential service.

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