BCTF teachers at South Nelson Elementary during a one day rotating strike on May 29 in Nelson.

Kootenay Lake schools close Friday due to rotating strike action by BCTF teachers

Kootenay Lake teachers will fully withdrawn services this Friday, June 13 as part of the rotating strike action across the province.

Kootenay Lake teachers will fully withdrawn services this Friday, June 13 as part of the rotating strike action across the province by BC Teachers Federation (BCTF).

Once again, we can realistically anticipate that our employees who are members of CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) will not cross picket lines,” said Kootenay Lake Superintendent Jeff Jones in a letter issued to parents of SD8 students today. “Therefore, there will be no school on that day. Please make alternate childcare arrangements for your children as there will not be sufficient staff at our schools to adequately supervise our students.”

Teachers from across the province voted this week to give their union direction to move to stage three of their strike activity, which includes the potential for a full-scale, province-wide withdrawal of services. The BCTF are required to give 72 hours notice if they move towards a full strike.

We anticipate that classes will resume on Monday, June 16,” wrote Jones. “We also know that at any time we could receive a 72 hour notice of a full strike.”

The provincial collective agreement between BC Public Sector Employee Association (BCPSEA) and the BCTF expired June 30, 2013.

Watch our website for further updates or visit sd8.bc.ca.

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