Cowichan Valley teachers hit picket lines

The Cowichan Valley’s public school teachers joined their counterparts across B.C. Tuesday, kicking off a full-scale walkout to back their demands for a new contract between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the BC Public School Employers’ Association.

Both sides met over the weekend but were unable to come to an agreement and came out of the sessions again pointing fingers at each other.

One effect locally of the teachers’ action is that a meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening, June 18 to hear public comment on the idea of reducing the number of school trustees in the Cowichan Valley has been relocated to a neutral location. It will now held at the Somenos Room at the Island Savings Centre. The starting time is still 6:30 p.m.