Terrace teachers to rally Friday

Skeena teacher Dave O
Skeena teacher Dave O'Brien, who's been teaching for more than 20 years, said if the strike lasts beyond Sept. 5, then it will be the longest one he's been part of at more than three weeks. He missed the only other strike that lasted as long as three weeks that he can remember in his career several years ago.
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Unionized public school teachers here are holding a march followed by a closed study session tomorrow.

Both are part of a province-wide series of rallies and sessions planned in response to the continuing teachers' strike/lockout which ended school early in June and which has kept schools closed in what was supposed to be the first week of classes this week.

The march starts at the Elks Hall at 11:45 a.m. and will cross the overpass before proceeding east down Lakelse Ave.

“We will be engaging the passersby, waving at cars, and leafleting as we go. We will stay on the sidewalk the entire way and will remain on Lakelse until approximately 1 p.m.,” a Terrace District Teachers' Union release stated this morning.

Marchers will then walk back over the overpass via Sparks St. to the Elks Hall for a union-only study session.

“Many other unions and labour affiliates, parents, neighbours and community members have been invited to join us,” the notice states.

And as the contract dispute continues, Terrace residents are adding their thoughts and opinions.

Student Theodoric Weiksel would normally be in his first week of Grade 12. You can read his opinon here.

And Rob Hart has written the premier, urging her to take action.

Meanwhile, Frank Donahue has his own solution to the dispute.

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