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.


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