B.C. teachers ratify 5-year deal

Contract is first negotiated agreement since 1994
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/21/2006

The school year is off to a good start in British Columbia as the province's teachers' union ratified the first negotiated agreement in more than a decade.

Last week, the teachers voted 93.4 per cent in favour of the deal that will see the teachers receive a 16-per-cent raise over five years. This increases the average teacher's salary to $64,000 this year, an increase of $4,000.

The deal also included a $4,000 signing bonus, part of the province's new negotiating tactic to encourage unions to sign new contracts before the old ones expire. A tentative agreement with the British Columbia Teachers' Federation was reached on June 30, the deadline for the signing bonus.