Teachers in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows have moved from just in front of their schools and are garnering support from commuters along main routes as they moved into day two of their strike.
Groups of Pitt Meadows teachers were walking along Harris Road this morning with signs, waving to passing cars, eliciting honks and waves as they strike for three days as allowed by the Labour Relations Board.
Former superintendent Mike Suddaby has come out in support of teachers in their dispute with the provincial government.
“In all my years, I have never seen a government so bent on trying to destroy the best of the teaching profession,” Suddaby said. “Bill 22 takes away class size and class composition limits. How is that good for either students or teachers?”
Teachers have asked for a 15-per-cent pay raise. The government has stated that they have a net-zero mandate, which means if teachers get a salary increase, there have to be decreases in other areas.
The government has promised $165 million in extra funding for special needs teaching.
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows teachers are meeting with their union leaders on Wednesday at The ACT and after that, around noon, they are planning a rally at Memorial Peace Park.