Opinion

Veteran mediator brings hope to local teachers

Jim Sinclair

Black Press

Andy Davidoff, president of the Kootenay Columbia Teachers Union says he and his colleagues are more hopeful now than they’ve been in a while regarding a potential settlement to their job action with the provincial government. Experienced mediation is the major reason for optimism.

“With Vince Ready (long-time mediator) being involved we’re more hopeful of a settlement that we were a week ago,” said Davidoff on August 19. “We continue to be frustrated that we don’t have a settlement yet and we really want a deal before school starts. We’re sincere about that and we think it’s in everyone’s best interests that that happens.”

Ready’s last involvement in the long-running series of teacher disputes was as an industrial inquiry commissioner in 2007. At that time he recommended a senior provincial official be involved in talks along with an independent mediator.

Terms and details of ongoing negotiations are under a media blackout, but Mr. Davidoff was happy to supply limited comments.

Attempts to reach Darrel Ganzert, chair of the Kootenay Columbia SD 20 Board, for a comment were unsuccessful as of press deadline.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Quiet pride in their duty
 
Reflecting on pedestrian safety
 
Where birdwatchers migrate
Election 2014: Surrey school candidates debate education
 
Suspects sought in violent Surrey robbery
 
Trustee candidates talk about education in Mission
Endowment ensures Darts Hill’s future
 
Mission library offers several fun programs
 
Mission celebrates Diwali