Tentative deal to end teachers’ strike

Teachers will read over details and vote on the agreement on Thursday

  • Sep. 16, 2014 8:00 a.m.

The mood on the Langley Secondary School picket line was upbeat Tuesday following announcement of a possible end to the B.C. teachers' strike.

There were smiles on the picket line at Langley Secondary School Tuesday the morning that a tentative deal to end the teachers’ strike was announced.

“It’s a better day,” one teacher said.

“You’re seeing a lot more smiles [this morning],” another said.

The agreement was reached about 4 a.m. Tuesday in Richmond after five days of round-the-clock talks.

“After all these hours, I am very pleased to announce that the parties have reached a tentative agreement,” mediator Vince Reddy said.

“I’m not at liberty to release any of the details, nor are the parties.”

Teachers will vote on the deal Thursday.

More than 40,000 teachers have been without a contract since June 2013.

After an impasse in negotiations, teachers walked out two weeks before the end of the previous school year.

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