Jim Iker

Government bill targets ProD and administrative spendingMarch 26, 2015

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The B.C. government is seeking more control over teacher professional development and administrative spending by school districts. With a bill introduced Thursday, the government said it will develop a framework...

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BCTF and government reach tentative deal; school could resume as early as MondaySeptember 16, 2014

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Finally there was good news for B.C. education with the signing early Tuesday morning of a tentative collective agreement between the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and government. Although it’s yet...

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BCTF to poll members about binding arbitration and a return to workSeptember 8, 2014

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The B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) will ask members Wednesday if they’re willing to return to work if the government agrees to its proposal for binding arbitration. Education Minister Peter Fassbender...

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Frustrated mom petitions for cameras at the teacher bargaining tableSeptember 4, 2014

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A Kelowna mother, frustrated with finger-pointing and false charges during teacher contract talks, has started a petition calling for bargaining sessions to be televised so everyone will know what’s going...

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Teachers will resume picketing this week, says union presidentAugust 24, 2014

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An announcement Sunday that teachers will resume picketing this week is bound to disappoint those were still hoping that B.C. public schools might open on schedule Sept. 2. Jim Iker,...

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Parents urged to lead change in school cultureMay 29, 2014

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Systems must change to meet the needs of children. Children shouldn’t be expected to change for the sake of the system. That was the message delivered to parents Thursday by...

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Labour feud casts pall over end-of-school festivitiesMay 22, 2014

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Heightened tension between government and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) raises questions about end-of-year activities, including field trips, award ceremonies, sporting events and graduation celebrations. After the union announced plans...

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Rotating teacher strikes set to begin next weekMay 20, 2014

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B.C. teachers will begin rotating strikes next week, resulting in a one-day shutdown for every public school in the province, their union announced Tuesday. “This decision was not taken lightly,”...

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Re-engineering BC education amid bargaining strifeMay 1, 2014

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There are mixed views about the province’s announcement this week that it intends to “re-engineer” apprenticeship programs and education, from kindergarten through post-secondary. Some are withholding judgment until they see...

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Limited job action by B.C. teachers to begin WednesdayApril 21, 2014

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Here we go again. Teachers plan to begin a Stage 1 job action Wednesday in response to unsuccessful contract talks with government during the past year.  This limited job action...

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