Chilliwack teachers march for a better contract

Hundreds of Chilliwack teachers participated in a demonstration walk in downtown Chilliwack Monday, rallying against government actions.

Hundreds of Chilliwack teachers walked in solidarity against the government Monday.

The Chilliwack Teachers’ Association organized a voluntary demonstration walk, at the Landing Sports Centre, to conclude its “study session” leading into the start of full-strike action Tuesday. An estimated 800 teachers participated, which included representation from both Chilliwack and Fraser-Cascade school districts.

A smaller rally was also held at Chilliwack Mall that had approximately 200 teachers in attendance.

Chilliwack Teachers’ Association president Clint Johnston wasn’t surprised by the turnout.

“The line of people walking by and by is exactly what we had hoped for,” said Johnston. “It shows how important what’s going on is to teachers right now.”

The walk was not mandatory, but voluntary.

The large turnout was proof, said Johnston, that it’s not just the union wanting a fair deal, it’s teachers.

Chilliwack teachers.

Johnston listed off issues specifically occurring in the Chilliwack school district.

Several full-time teacher-librarian positions have been cut, he said, most glaringly at inner-city schools where there are high numbers of struggling readers.

Other specialty teaching positions have also suffered budgetary cutbacks.

Johnston blames the “stripping” of specialist teacher ratios from the contract in 2002, when services, including teacher-librarians and educational assistants, were bundled into the same funding pie.

The result, he said, is that administrators have to decide whether it’s more important for whole schools to have supported access to libraries, or for individual children to get the supports they require.

“These are not decisions that should have to be made,” said Johnston. “Our children deserve both.”

Several communities throughout the province held similar walks and rallies Monday.

Just Posted

Chilliwack drug dealers busted in Banff National Park by Alberta RCMP

Antonio Nolasco-Padia, 23, and Dina Anthony, 55, both well-known to local law enforcement

Chilliwack is marking BC Rivers Day with annual cleanup

Chiliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society is hosting the rain-or-shine river cleanup on Sept. 22

Chilliwack-Hope incumbent Conservative sums up Andrew Scheer’s election promises so far

Strahl says his party’s tax credit promises designed to put more money in the pockets of Canadians

Rainbow crosswalk plan gets council support in Hope

Council writing letter of support to community group for crosswalk project

‘I shouldn’t have done it,’ Trudeau says of brownface photo

Trudeau says he also wore makeup while performing a version of a Harry Belafonte song

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized due to behavioural issues, BCSPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

‘We still did not get answers’: Vancouver parents demand expulsion after students’ racist video

‘We were unable to get confirmation from the VSB, but he hasn’t returned as of yet,’ says Marie Tate

B.C. ‘tent city’ disputes spark call for local government autonomy

UBCM backs Maple Ridge after province overrules city

‘What goes up will come down’: Gas prices spike in Metro Vancouver

Petroleum analyst Dan McTeague says prices will fall Thursday

B.C. MLA calls on province to restrict vaping as first related illness appears in Canada

Todd Stone, Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, introduced an anti-vaping bill in April

Chilliwack woman wins right to medically assisted death after three-year court battle

Julia Lamb has been the lead plaintiff in a legal battle to ease restrictions on Canada’s assisted dying laws

Most Read