Veteran mediator brings hope to local teachers

Kootenay Columbia Teachers Union says he and his colleagues are more hopeful now.

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.

 

Just Posted

Trail area homicide investigation continues

Jan. 14 marked one year since Jordan Workman was discovered in the trunk of a burnt car

Updated: Outbreak prompts advisory for visitors to extended care wing in Trail hospital

A respiratory infection has been active in Poplar Ridge Pavilion since Monday, advises IH

RDCK moves ahead with Castlegar rec complex upgrade plan

Board approves grant application for $13 million from provincial, federal governments

Scammers using Castlegar home for rental fraud

Local realtors say the problem is happening more frequently with their properties

Trail police seek to ID more loot recovered during weapons search

Trail RCMP recovered numerous weapons and stolen items after search at Fifth Avenue residence

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Judge denies requests from Calgary couple charged in son’s death

David and Collet Stephan wanted $4 million to pay for past and future legal bills

Explosion sends B.C. firefighter to hospital

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Ex-Mountie investigating ‘Surrey six’ murders pleads guilty to obstruction

Derek Brassington entered his plea in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

RECALL: Salmon Village maple salmon nuggets

Customers warned not to eat product due to possible Listeria contamination

More than 100,000 toxic toys named in Canada-wide recall

Plastic doll contains levels of phthalates over allowable limit and may pose chemical hazard

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Company issues lifetime ban after man jumps from cruise ship

Nick Naydev posted the video last week showing him standing on the balcony of the Symphony of the Seas

Most Read