On Friday, the BCTF tabled a deal that was meant to meet the BC Government half way. They tabled a five year deal (the government wants to lock them into a ten years deal) which is comparable to other bargaining units across the province, they reduced their wage demands to and 8% increase over five years (which is only 1% away from what the BC government was offering and a significant decrease over their original demand), a new fund to deal with class composition and a solution for retroactive grievances. The Government didn’t respond until Sunday evening and when they did, they responded with a decrease in their wage offer (from 7.25% over 6 years to 7% over 6 years) and they said no to hiring more special education teachers.
The leadership of the BCTF will be meeting later today to dicuss all options. At this point, Jim Iker says that the "strike is eminent".