BCTF president Jim Iker announces the results of Thursday's teacher vote. 86 per cent of the BCTF's members voted to ratify a new six-year deal with the government

BCTF president Jim Iker announces the results of Thursday's teacher vote. 86 per cent of the BCTF's members voted to ratify a new six-year deal with the government

B.C. teachers endorse six-year deal, 86 per cent in favour (with VIDEO)

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  • Sep. 18, 2014 12:00 p.m.



B.C. teachers have voted strongly in favour of ending their strike and returning to work next week.

B.C. Teachers’ Federation members voted 86 per cent in favour of a six-year agreement negotiated with the help of mediator Vince Ready this week.

“I’m happy with this deal,” said BCTF president Jim Iker. It gives the province’s 40,000 teachers a raise of 7.25 per cent over six years, improvements to benefits and a fund to hire hundreds of new teachers each year.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender congratulated teachers on the settlement, which ends a bitter strike that shut schools for two weeks in June and another three weeks this fall.

“We can now focus on the path forward,” Fassbender said. “This long-term agreement is an historic opportunity to work together for students – to enhance their education experience and to support their achievements.”

Premier Christy Clark added her thanks on Twitter.

“This is a fair, affordable deal that will let us focus on putting students first,” Clark said.

VIDEO: BCTF president Jim Iker addresses the province’s teachers