College Educators Set Up “Feed the Teachers” Fund

Support for the BC teachers’ protest has spread to BC’s post-secondary sector with an announcement today that the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE) has established a special fund to help feed teachers during this dispute.
“It’s clear that the provincial government is hoping to starve out BC teachers and we’re not going to let that happen,” said Cindy Oliver, President of the 10,000 member FPSE. “We have set aside an initial commitment of $200,000 to buy $50 food vouchers which we will be distributing to teachers who are fighting for a fair collective agreement,” said Oliver.
“Our plan is to get other unions in the post-secondary sector to contribute to this fund. We have talked this morning with our national organization, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and expect to get a firm commitment from them as to their contribution. We are also appealing to others in the BC labour movement to show their solidarity
and support for what we have done. I hope that by next week we are in a position to announce more contributions to ensure that every teacher in BC understands just how much we are prepared to do to help them win a fair collective agreement,” said Oliver.
“The Premier and his Cabinet colleagues have to understand that the longer they refuse to negotiate with BC teachers the longer this dispute will drag on. Teachers want a negotiated settlement and we need the government to show that it is prepared to let those negotiations happen,” Oliver concluded.

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One Reply to “College Educators Set Up “Feed the Teachers” Fund”

  1. A noble gesture you have made by feeding the striking teachers. However if Bill 12 is allowed to stand the same can be applied to any negotiations. I feel that such a bill is evidence that at some point democracy can become a dictatorship. Sadly it is an elected one.

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