The month-long lockout of 40 administrative staff by the B.C. Teachers’ Federation could soon be over, following word of a tentative contract agreement.
“We have reached a tentative settlement, the CEP and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, and that was reached at six o’clock this morning [Friday], but it was a very long haul for the team at the bargaining table,” Yvonne Eamour, a spokeswoman for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, said after days of talks.
The workers, members of CEP Local 464, began picketing the federation offices in Vancouver on April 26.
On May 1, they were officially locked out by the teachers’ union.
The dispute forced the teachers to put their annual general meeting on hold.
Details of the tentative deal won’t be revealed until a ratification vote is held.