EDITORIAL – School is back, be ready for another teachers’ strike

Memories of the 2014 teachers’ strike. (Image: Armchair Mayor file photo)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

SCHOOL IS BACK IN and the busy days of September are underway as parents engage in the morning hustle of getting their kids off to class.

Looming in the background is another round of contract talks between the B.C. Teachers Federation and the government’s bargaining agency.

It seems only recently that we went through the last one. Almost exactly five years ago, a nasty teachers’ strike came to an end when a deal with government negotiators was reached. Those of us who were here at the time will remember schools being closed behind picket lines and teacher rallies along Columbia Street and at Riverside Park.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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