British Columbia

BCTF President Jim Iker to step down at end of school year

Jim Iker was the face of the BCTF during the acrimonious 2014 teachers strike in B.C.

Replacement to be elected at 100th annual general meeting in Vancouver

BCTF President Jim Iker is all smiles after speaking with the media after a reaching a six-year deal for teachers in July, 2014. (CBC)

Well recognized for his role in the 2014 B.C. teachers' strike and his flowing mane of hair, B.C. Teachers' Federation President Jim Iker will step down in June after serving as the union's head for the past three years.

His replacement will be elected on Monday at the 100th annual general meeting of the BCTF in Vancouver.

So far the only candidate running is Glen Hansman, a Vancouver teacher and 1st Vice-President of the BCTF.

​On Sunday, 700 teachers from across the province celebrated the union's centennial at the AGM, which runs from March 12-15.

Iker's term was defined by a five-week strike in 2014 that delayed students from returning to school in September of that year and an on-going court battle over class size bargaining rights.

BCTF presidents typically serve three one-year terms and this is Iker's third and final year, following six years as a vice-president.

Iker will continue as an executive committee member for a year.


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