B.C. teachers ratify 5-year dealContract is first negotiated agreement since 1994By 09/12/2006|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. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.