A recent article in the Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows news quotes the School Board chair in his support of more local bargaining with teachers:
Board chair Ken Clarkson is recommending the board support an expansion of local bargaining "in principle" to make sure local issues get addressed locally. But, he noted, wages and benefits would stay at the provincial level.
Read the full article here: CChair pushes local bargaining with union
Teachers are very much hoping to engage in more local bargaining. We believe it is more effective, leads to better local relationships and puts money into classrooms rather than grievances.
Most local teachers associations will be opening local bargaining tables shortly after March 1st. We hope to bargain more items at the local table and leave only the large money items (salary, benefits, paid leaves, prep time) for negotiations between the BCTF and BCPSEA.