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In Bill 22 protest, B.C. teachers vote to quit all voluntary duties

British Columbia Teachers' Federation President Susan Lambert on Thursday March 1, 2012.

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Almost three-quarters of B.C. teachers have voted to continue a battle against provincial legislation that stripped them of the right to strike and imposed a mediator in their bitter contract dispute.

The B.C. Teachers' Federation says its members have voted 73 per cent in favour of a protest that includes withdrawal of voluntary extracurricular activities such as coaching sports teams or taking part in graduation ceremonies.

BCTF president Susan Lambert says the vote sends a powerful message to the government to rethink Bill 22, passed last month.

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She says it is the twentieth bill passed by the B.C. Liberals targeting teachers' professional and labour rights, and her members believe it is time to take a firm stand.

The vote supporting the BCTF resistance strategy also creates the possibility of a future vote on a full withdrawal of services, although Bill 22 sets punitive penalties for any walkout by teachers.

B.C.'s 41,000 public school teachers have been without a contract since last June and staged a three-day strike in March to back demands for 15-per cent wage hike but the government is refusing to budge from its so-called net-zero mandate, which prohibits increases for all public-sector unions.

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Based in Vancouver, Wendy Stueck has covered technology and business and now reports on British Columbia issues including natural resources, aboriginal issues and urban affairs. More

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